We thought that Spacex already had everything covered, but it has proven that there is always more to cover. Now, the company announced its new line of business ‘Starlink Maritime’, a service that will take Elon Musk’s satellite internet to the sea. In fact, Musk himself announced through his Twitter account like “Starlink for ships”, but, to tell the truth, it is not as simple as the billionaire paints it.
When reviewing the official Starlink page, you can read that the new service is designed to “search for merchant ships, oil platforms and premium yachts”; which makes a lot of sense considering the prices they offer. The hardware to run it is $10,000, but installation and shipping are an additional $100. Now, the value of the monthly service is $5,000 dollars. However, the service promises users a “high latency internet” which has a download speed of up to 350 Mbps.
On the other hand, Musk’s company argues that Starlink Maritime will allow you to connect to the internet from any point at sea, no matter how remote. However this is not entirely true. According to the coverage map that the company announces on the website, only a thin swath of the ocean around North America, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand is covered.
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However, the company also mentions that by the fourth quarter of this year they will have more coverage and will cover the entire sea in the first quarter of 2023. In addition, Starlink Maritime is resistant enough to withstand “extreme cold, heat, hail, sleet, heavy rain and gale force winds,” says SpaceX.
The company mentions on the other hand that the service is very simple to install, since all you need is a small deck space and an unobstructed view of the sky, which is not complicated on a boat or yacht. On the other hand, if you don’t need the service all the time, you can pause it whenever you need.