On Thursday, SpaceX received authority from the Federal Communications Commission to use its Starlink satellites to provide broadband internet to moving vehicles.
The approval indicates that Starlink has already crossed a major obstacle, as it has previously struck agreements with airlines such as Hawaiian Airlines and exclusive jet firm JSX to provide in-flight WiFi to passengers.
“Authorizing a new class of terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing user demands that now require connectivity while on the move, whether driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a US port or while on a domestic or international flight,” the FCC said in its authorization order published Thursday.
Starlink employs a network of low-orbit satellites to beam broadband to users’ satellite dishes, known as terminals. It is intended to reach users in remote areas with limited internet access.
The FCC’s approval will allow Starlink to chase deals with transportation companies more freely. Royal Caribbean was the first cruise line in June to request Starlink aboard its ships.
In May, Starlink also introduced a $135 monthly subscription for RVs. However, the company stated at the time of its debut that the internet service could not be accessed while the RV was in motion.
According to Space News, Starlink’s vice president of commercial sales, Jonathan Hofeller, informed delegates at a March panel that the service has over 250,000 members.