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Delta testing Starlink use on its airplanes

Capitalism in space: The CEO of Delta has revealed that the airline company is testing Starlink as a method for providing its passengers internet access during flights.

Starlink officials have said they are also discussing this possibility with several airlines. It has also sought regulatory approval from the FCC, and will also need it from the FAA before officially proceeding.

The request to the FCC was made in March 2021, more than a year ago, and appears to have not yet been approved. Moreover, there have been signs that the FCC has been slow-walking other Starlink license requests. These facts, combined with the delays forced on SpaceX by the FAA, provides further circumstantial evidence that the federal bureaucracy under the Biden administration is working to block the success of Elon Musk’s space companies.

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  • Matt in AZ

    While some amount of nefarious heel-dragging is likely afoot, it wouldn’t surprise me that the gov’t agencies are just primarily comfortable with the glacial pace of traditional contractors, and are annoyed they’re feeling any pressure to work at a quicker pace thanks to this upstart Musk. Cushy jobs aren’t supposed to be like this!

  • Shallow Minded Reader

    Forgot to send 10% to the “Big Guy”

  • Col Beausabre

    Matt in AZ While I do subscribe to “Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence”, I also believe in “Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you” and “Once is luck, twice is coincidence, thrice is a pattern”

    “are annoyed they’re feeling any pressure to work at a quicker pace thanks to this upstart Musk”

    Like so many so called “public servants” (teachers and school boards, I’m looking at you) they need a good swift kick in the butt to remind them who they work for

  • David K

    SpaceX just needs to keep doing everything they can can right now. And they need to move immediately once they have a more friendly administration, which is probably January 21st, 2025.

  • john hare

    “””Like so many so called “public servants” (teachers and school boards, I’m looking at you) they need a good swift kick in the butt to remind them who they work for””””

    People that won’t take your orders don’t work for you.

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