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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

This is disruption in motion, and it won’t be long before other airlines and regions of the world ditch their current telco’s and sign up with Elon Musk’s Starlink.

 

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SpaceX’s space based communications company StarLink, which over the years has been trying to connect the world by launching tens of thousands of low earth orbit satellites and delivering internet speeds of up to 500Mbps, has found a new customer for its satellite-powered internet, inking a deal with independent air carrier JSX to offer onboard Wi-Fi to customers later this year.

 

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That makes the airline the first to carry SpaceX’s Starlink internet service, as the private space company continues shoring up the technology by launching more satellites into orbit.

 

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After launching the first set of satellites in 2019, SpaceX has been rapidly building out its constellation and networks and selling it in an attempt to blanket the planet in high-speed internet. There are currently around 2,000 Starlink satellites in orbit and plans to deploy many thousands more, though the program isn’t without its detractors decrying their contribution to pollution of the night sky.

 

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In any case, SpaceX continues to push the service and even recently introduced a premium option for high-end users. It has also been working on ways to implement access on commercial aircraft, testing the service with several aircraft over the past year or so, including those from Delta Airlines, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal this week.

But JSX will be the first cab off the rank as they say, and says the service will be free for every customer onboard when it launches later this year. The airline bills itself as a “hop-on jet service,” functioning as a short-distance carrier offering 30-seat charter flights between US cities including Las Vegas, Phoenix and Oakland.

 

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And while this is a first for both companies by penning this deal StarLink has now putt incumbents in the communications sector on notice that this is just the start of its plans for literal world domination as it continues to scale up.

Source: JSX (Twitter)

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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