After the caravans, Starlink will bring Internet to the boats… for $5,000/month

Deepak Gupta July 8, 2022
Updated 2022/07/08 at 11:45 AM

SpaceX just got the green light to get its satellite internet service up and running on the go. This means that caravans, cars, boats and planes will be able to enjoy a quality internet service, in remote areas and without having to stop to access the service.

So another service dedicated to boats has just been launched: Starlink Marítima… And it won’t be cheap.

A few days after receiving authorization to operate on the move, SpaceX has just launched a new satellite internet service, Starlink Maritime. The objective is to provide the service to boats, ships and yachts

According to the information described on the Starlink website, the Maritime service will be able to provide download speeds of up to 350 Mbps while at sea.

But to have access to the service, the costs are high. The hardware to install alone will cost customers $10,000, which is an upfront payment. The service will cost $5,000 per month.

Although Portugal is in the coverage area of ​​Starlink Marítima, it is not yet possible to order the service here, hence the price is not yet available in euros.

Starlink Maritime service coverage

The boat or yacht may be used only for a few seasons, such as on vacation, for example, the user may suspend payment in the months when it is not used, as with the service dedicated to caravans.

Remember that the residential service has an initial cost of €649 plus €99/month.

The price differs so much from the residential service due to the hardware used. Elon Musk explained on Twitter that these are high-performance dual terminals and have the ability to maintain connection in rough seas and heavy storms.

A curiosity left on the site is that the service is so robust that it can withstand rocket engines. As describedStarlink is currently being used to obtain high-quality video of SpaceX rocket landings at sea, providing continuous coverage on facial engines capable of generating up to 190,000 lbs (86 tons) of force.

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