KEY POINTS
  • SpaceX would like to further expanded testing of its Starlink satellite internet by connecting the network to aircraft inflight, the company said in a request to the Federal Communications Commission.
  • "SpaceX seeks experimental authority for operation of one user terminal aboard each of up to five private jets while they are (1) on the ground at an airport, and (2) in flight over the United States (including its territories and territorial waters)," the company wrote in a Nov. 6 FCC filing.
  • Two months ago SpaceX made a similar request to the FCC to test Starlink with the ships the company uses to land its rocket boosters.
A Gulfstream G650 in flight

SpaceX would like to further expand testing of its Starlink satellite internet by connecting the network to aircraft, the company revealed in a recent request to the Federal Communications Commission.

Elon Musk's space company on Nov. 6 asked the FCC if SpaceX could add Starlink user terminals "on a Gulfstream jet for a period of up to two years."