Elon Musk plans to connect RVs and trucks to the Internet using SpaceX’s Starlink satellites

Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla, introduces buyers and journalists to the new “semi” electric truck on November 16, 2017 in Hawthorne, California near Los Angeles.

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SpaceX is working on an antenna that will connect vehicles such as semi-trailers and RVs to its satellite internet, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet on Monday.

Musk clarified that the antenna is not intended to “connect Tesla cars to Starlink” and said that the “user’s terminal is way too big”.

“This is for planes, ships, large trucks, and RVs,” Musk said.

Musk responded to CNBC’s report that SpaceX had asked the Federal Communications Commission for approval to begin using antennas for its Starlink “moving vehicle” service.

Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network of thousands of satellites, known in the aerospace industry as a Constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers around the world.

David Goldman, Director of Satellite Policy at SpaceX, wrote in a letter to the FCC on Friday that “the traffic on global networks has exploded,” adding that “users are no longer willing to forego connectivity while on the move.” .

“This application would serve the public interest by approving a new class of ground-based components for SpaceX’s satellite system that will expand the range of broadband capabilities required for moving vehicles in the United States and for moving ships and planes around the world are available, “wrote Goldman.

Musk’s space company last year asked the FCC for approval to conduct experimental tests on private jets and its marine fleet. However, Friday’s request is a much broader “blanket license” to operate. SpaceX noted that the FCC rules “do not require applicants to submit a maximum number of user terminals to be deployed”. Therefore, the company did not specify how many vehicle terminals it would like to build.

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