SpaceX is about to take its starlink internet service to moving vehicles.
That’s right folks, starting in December 2022 you’ll be able to connect to your high-speed, low-latency Internet service while driving down a highway in the most remote places.
Enjoy high-speed, low-latency internet while on the move! Now accepting orders for the flat high-performance Starlink, which provides connectivity while in motion on land → https://t.co/tWDPs3JDWK pic.twitter.com/z2HNxaizdW
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 25, 2022
SpaceX launched its Starlink service for RVs in May, offering Internet access to the vehicles, though they had to be parked at the time of use.
Wednesday’s announcement takes RV service a step further, allowing connections while the vehicle is in motion.
However, take note that the service is not cheap.
While Starlink for stationary vehicles costs $599 for the standard satellite dish, RV-in-motion service requires a high-performance flat Starlink antenna that costs $2,500. The monthly fee is $135.
“With a wide field of view and enhanced GPS capabilities, the high-performance planar Starlink can connect to more satellites, enabling seamless connectivity on the go,” SpaceX explains on its website.
It says the hardware is designed for permanent installation in a vehicle and promises it’s “robust in harsh environments.”
Starlink for moving vehicles is available for orders and use in select markets, with the first deliveries due out just a couple of months from now.
Starlink operates through small satellites launched by SpaceX into low Earth orbit. More than 2,000 of the satellites are currently in space, with more being deployed all the time. As of May 2022, Starlink serves more than 400,000 customers in 36 countries.
Since launching its standard Starlink service for home users as a beta in 2020, SpaceX has been working to expand it to more sectors. In addition to the portable VR service that launched earlier this year, it has also introduced Starlink for business users, Starlink Maritime for boats, and Starlink Aviation for airplanes, with Royal Caribbean and Hawaiian Airlines among the first customers.
SpaceX boss Elon Musk has said that Starlink has the potential to generate up to $50 billion in annual revenue if it can grab even a small percentage of the global telecommunications market in the next few years.