On November 16, 2017 in Hawthorne, California, near Los Angeles, Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new semi-electric truck to buyers and journalists.
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SpaceX is working on an antenna that will connect vehicles such as semi-trucks and RVs to its satellite Internet network, CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday.
Musk clarified that the antenna would not be for “connecting Tesla cars to Starlink”
“It’s for planes, ships, big trucks and trailers,” Musk said.
Musk responded to a CNBC report that SpaceX had asked permission from the Federal Communications Commission to begin deploying an antenna for its Starlink “moving vehicle” service.
Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project 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.
SpaceX Satellite Policy Director David Goldman wrote in a letter to the FCC on Friday that “the amount of traffic spilling over global networks has exploded,” adding that “users are no longer willing to give up connectivity while they are in motion”.
“This application would serve the public interest by allowing a new class of ground components for the SpaceX satellite system that will expand the range of broadband capabilities available to moving vehicles in the United States and to moving vessels and aircraft worldwide.” , Goldman writes.
Last year, Musk’s space company asked the FCC for permission to conduct experimental tests on private jets and ships. But Friday’s request is for a much broader “general license” for operations. SpaceX noted that FCC rules “do not require applicants to submit a maximum number of user terminals to be deployed,” so the company did not specify how many vehicle terminals it plans to build.