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    Elon Musk: Starlink Will Provide Faster Internet Speeds on Airlines

    Elon Musk said in a tweet on Thursday that he’s planning to install Starlink for in-flight Wi-Fi on airlines , a satellite-based broadband service owned by his rocket company SpaceX, emphasizing that his company is in discussions with airlines to add the high-speed satellite internet service.

    "Please let them know if you want it on your airliner," Musk wrote in a tweet, adding that Starlink could add "low latency half gigabit connectivity in the air!"

    Musk, who is known for his Twitter banter, announcements and lively interactions with followers, did not provide any details about the talks in his tweet. It was not immediately clear which airlines were approached or when installation would occur.

    Airlines work with satellite broadband providers for inflight Wi-Fi, with Viasat and Intelsat – the latter of which purchased Gogo’s commercial aviation business – two such companies that add connectivity on flights by airlines including Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines and United. But, while existing services use satellites in distant orbits, Starlink satellites orbit closer to the Earth and could boost the speeds that passengers see inflight.

    Shares of in-flight Internet provider Gogo fell to an intraday low of 5.7 percent before recouping some of the losses in afternoon trading.

    Starlink is the company’s plan to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere on the planet.

    Starlink, the satellite Internet unit of SpaceX, plans to deploy 12,000 satellites. SpaceX has said the Starlink constellation will cost it roughly $10 billion.

    It is one of a growing number of companies making small satellites that also includes Amazon's Kuiper, Britain's OneWeb, venture capital-backed Planet, and Raytheon's Blue Canyon Technologies.

    Musk currently helms companies including electric-car maker Tesla, rocket startup SpaceX and Neuralink, a startup that is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect the human brain to computers.

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