Delta Air Lines is exploring the possibility of using SpaceX's Starlink service to offer in-flight internet access.
As The Wall Street Journal reports, Delta CEO Ed Bastian confirmed that "exploratory tests" have been carried out using Starlink's technology. However, there are several steps required before it can be used on commercial flights.
SpaceX wants to partner with carriers to offer Starlink on flights and has been granted FCC approval to test the system on aircraft. There is no regulatory approval for the system being used on commercial flights yet, though. Elon Musk also pointed out last year that Starlink needs to be certified for each aircraft type, so the focus is on the most popular ones first (Boeing 737, A320, and Gulfstream).
According to J. Armand Musey, founder of Summit Ridge Group, which is focused on the satellite industry, it's going to take several years before Starlink is an established in-flight internet provider thanks to regulations and the long-term contracts carriers already have with other providers.
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Cybersecurity attacks are growing more sophisticated, so businesses have to become more vigilant.
In the information technology world, Log4j could become the equivalent of a particularly virulent Covid variant—and for businesses, a potentially bigger danger.
Log4j is an open-source, Java-based utility that logs error messages in software applications. In early December, a cybersecurity staffer with the Alibaba Cloud service in China discovered a vulnerability—a flaw—in Log4j that could open millions of businesses and other organizations to cyberattacks. A second flaw was found shortly afterward.
Compared to a data breach releasing sensitive information of millions of retail customers, the dangers of Log4j’s flaws are harder for non-IT people to understand. But as a cybersecurity threat, Log4j could become a disaster of pandemic proportions. That’s because innumerable organizations have the utility in their IT networks—and many don’t even know it’s there. Log4j could allow cybercrooks worldwide to steal data, encrypt servers, shut down factory floors, deceive companies into wiring them money, and demand thousands, even millions, of dollars in ransom.
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SpaceX has quietly rolled out a new, more powerful “premium” tier of its Starlink satellite internet service that’s targeted at businesses and enterprise customers.
The new product, which was added to the company’s website Tuesday night, comes at five times the cost of the consumer-focused standard service. Starlink Premium requires a $500 refundable deposit, a $2,500 fee for the antenna and router, and the service costs $500 per month.
The standard Starlink service, which launched in October 2020, has a $99 refundable deposit, a $499 hardware fee and the service costs $99 per month.
Elon Musk’s company is touting improved hardware, faster service speeds and priority support in its pitch to prospective premium customers.
“Starlink Premium has more than double the antenna capability of Starlink, delivering faster internet speeds and higher throughput for the highest demand users, including businesses,” the SpaceX website said.
The first premium deliveries will begin in the second quarter, the Starlink website notice added.
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