Ship owners will now be able to connect to the starlink internet service of SpaceX while sailing the high seas.
“From merchant ships to oil rigs and premium yachts, Starlink Maritime allows you to connect from the most remote waters around the world, just as you would in the office or at home,” SpaceX said in a message announcing the service on Thursday, July 7.
Starlink for boats! https://t.co/BQujU8Ngna
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2022
According to SpaceX, the Starlink Maritime hardware takes up little space and comes with an easy-to-install bracket. The service implements end-to-end encryption to protect the data and confidentiality of user traffic.
However, Starlink Maritime is not cheap. It requires a one-time fee of $10,000 for two high-performance satellite dishes, and then $5,000 per month for 350 Mbps service. For comparison, Starlink’s regular service costs $599 for the receiver dish, along with a payment $110 per month online.
In a tweet, SpaceX boss Elon Musk acknowledged that Starlink Maritime offers “premium pricing” but said this is in part because the package requires an additional high-performance terminal that is “important to keep the connection going.” rough seas and strong storms.” Musk added that the dish has also been tough to withstand “relentless salt spray and extreme winds and storm.”
But the SpaceX boss insisted it’s still “much cheaper and faster than the alternatives,” adding that SpaceX had been paying $150,000 a month for “a much worse connection” to the drone ships from which the cameras connected. to the web they transmit images of the landings of Falcon 9 rockets of the space flight company.
In fact, SpaceX noted on its website that Starlink is now being used to obtain high-quality video of its rocket landings at sea, “providing continuous coverage against engines capable of generating up to 190,000 pounds of force.”
SpaceX shared a map (below) showing Starlink Maritime’s coverage areas. The light blue band indicates current availability, while the darker bands mean service will begin late this year or early next year.
Starlink is powered by a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit that deliver broadband to customers. The company’s primary goal is to connect communities with currently no or poor Internet access, although many Starlink customers also live in well-connected cities and locations.
Musk revealed in May that Starlink now serves 400,000 subscribers in 36 countries, up from 250,000 in February. SpaceX launched Starlink in October 2020.