SpaceX Launches Raspberry Pi Computers to the International Space Station
(Photo : Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow's lift-off on February 5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, which is the most powerful rocket in the world, is scheduled to make its maiden flight between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.
SpaceX Starlink as an In-Flight Internet Service? Passengers Could Soon Have WiFi Connection While Flying
(Photo : Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) An airplane flying above Liverpool's John Lennon Airport, 05 January 2007, on the day that British Environment Minister Ian Pearson said that budget airline Ryanair was the "irresponsible face of capitalism". The European Commission proposed last month to set carbon dioxide emission quotas starting in 2011, airlines will be asked to pay for exceeding their current level of emissions.

SpaceX's Starlink broadband service could soon be used in commercial flights. If this is true, air travelers can take advantage of the rising internet provider while having their flights.  

SpaceX Starlink as an In-Flight Internet Service? Passengers Could Soon Have WiFi Connection While Flying
(Photo : Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
An airplane flying above Liverpool's John Lennon Airport, 05 January 2007, on the day that British Environment Minister Ian Pearson said that budget airline Ryanair was the "irresponsible face of capitalism". The European Commission proposed last month to set carbon dioxide emission quotas starting in 2011, airlines will be asked to pay for exceeding their current level of emissions.

Jonathan Hofeller, Starlink's Vice President of Commercial Sales, confirmed this detail at the Airline Passenger Experience Association Expo in Long Beach, California. 

He announced to the participating crowd that Starlink would start offering its services to airlines as soon as possible. However, the actual date and other flight agencies were not disclosed yet. 

SpaceX Starlink as In-Flight Broadband Service

According to Interesting Engineering's latest report, SpaceX now plans to join the rising in-flight broadband market. As of the moment, experts said that the value of this industry is currently around $3.3 billion every year. 

SpaceX Starlink as an In-Flight Internet Service? Passengers Could Soon Have WiFi Connection While Flying
(Photo : Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center as it is prepared for tomorrow's lift-off on February 5, 2018 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, which is the most powerful rocket in the world, is scheduled to make its maiden flight between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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Right now, the commercial travel industry relies on the internet-connected via large satellites or Earth-based cell towers. This can be seen in the industry leader ViaSat Inc. 

The agency is operating one satellite to cover the United States. On the other hand, ViaSat provides broadband service throughout Canada, Europe, and North Atlantic using another satellite. 

Now, the company decided to collaborate with SpaceX to have its third broadband sat, which is expected to be launched as early as 2022. You can view this link to see more details.  

Will the Additional Starlink Sats be a Problem?

Of course, many experts would criticize the additional satellites of SpaceX Starlink since rockets are already making the space debris issue worst outside the planet. 

However, some researchers defended Elon Musk's space agency. These include Harvard-Smithsonian Center's astrophysicist, John McDowell. He said that Starlink satellites are in a higher orbit compared to other satellites. 

Aside from SpaceX, Business Insider reported that some other companies and agencies are creating more space junk compared to Starlink's satellites.

This is noticeable after Russia conducted its recent anti-satellite missile test, which lead to more debris after destroying one of its old rockets. 

In other news, SpaceX Starlink reached a new internet speed record. On the other hand, NASA's ISS spacewalk was delayed because of a space debris warning. 

For more news updates about SpaceX and its upcoming activities, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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