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Starlink for yachts and huge ships costs $5,000 per 30 days plus $10,000 for equipment

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SpaceX is expanding its Starlink web service to oceans, rivers and lakes – at a high cost. 

Starlink Maritime is now available and the corporate is targeting the owners of superyachts, oil rigs and merchant vessels as potential customers.

The service has an upfront hardware fee of $10,000 for 2 ‘ruggedized’ Starlink dishes and regular costs will run $5,000 per 30 days.

Compared, the space-based web costs $110 a month with a $599 one-time equipment fee for residential customers; it is also available for businesses and RVs.

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SpaceX projects maritime performance speeds of 100-350Mbps down and 20-40Mbps up. Pictured is one in every of its satellites attached to a ship

Starlink Maritime currently only extends outward to waters around North America, Europe and Australia. 

By the fourth quarter of this 12 months, the corporate plans to increase that coverage to a much wider swatch of the oceans within the Northern Hemisphere, with plans to increase it out to the remainder of the world’s oceans in the primary quarter of 2023.

The corporate projects maritime performance speeds of 100-350Mbps down and 20-40Mbps up on its site.

Twitter user Whole Mars Catalog wrote that the maritime service is ‘the very same thing as residential Starlink but on a ship but is priced 50x higher, smart vertical pricing’ and tagged SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Musk replied to say: ‘No, it’s dual, high performance terminals, that are vital for maintaining the connection in choppy seas & heavy storms.’

‘Still obv premium pricing, but way cheaper & faster than alternatives. 

Elon Musk's company released a video showing side by side landings of SpaceX rockets using an unnamed internet service (left) and Starlink (right)

Elon Musk’s company released a video showing side by side landings of SpaceX rockets using an unnamed web service (left) and Starlink (right)

SpaceX has launched some 2,700 Starlink satellite into low Earth orbit and has more than 400,000 subscribers worldwide. Pictured is Musk's reply to a tweet about the cost of Starlink Maritime and the technical specs

SpaceX has launched some 2,700 Starlink satellite into low Earth orbit and has greater than 400,000 subscribers worldwide. Pictured is Musk’s reply to a tweet about the price of Starlink Maritime and the technical specs

‘SpaceX was paying $150k/month for a much worse connection to our ships!’

In side-by-side comparison of live video footage shot on a SpaceX drone ship, there is a noticeable difference between footage captured over Starlink Maritime versus the unnamed service on the left that was apparently costing Musk’s company $150,000 (the case study sheet they released lists it as $165,000). 

‘Before Starlink Maritime, the 1-2 second latency of VSAT would cause lag and delayed feedback from gigabytes of telemetry, closed-circuit television (CCTV), and navigation data streaming from the Droneship,’ the corporate claims. 

Musk, pictured above at the Met Gala in New York, explained technical details and the cost of Starlink Maritime on Twitter

Musk, pictured above on the Met Gala in Recent York, explained technical details and the price of Starlink Maritime on Twitter

VSAT refers to very small aperture terminal, which is a form of satellite communications system. 

‘With a latency of 50ms, Starlink enables even greater awareness on systems offshore, empowering operators to make probably the most informed decisions.

‘Along with latency challenges, with VSAT, the dearth of bandwidth coupled with the extraordinary vibrations from the rocket engines often led to total dropouts in video and data.’ 

‘Also, being ruggedized for relentless salt spray & extreme winds & storms in deep ocean isn’t easy,’ Musk explained on Twitter.

SpaceX has launched some 2,700 Starlink satellite into low Earth orbit and has greater than 400,000 subscribers worldwide. 

Nonetheless, the tech company hopes to have as many as 42,000 satellites. 

The tech company also notes that as SpaceX conducts more launches, more time is being spent offshore by its launch teams – in order that team members are in a position to have video calls with members of the family while they’re at sea and in addition enjoy online games or streaming movies with no problems.  

'Also, being ruggedized for relentless salt spray & extreme winds & storms in deep ocean is not easy,' Musk said about the new service. Pictured is a SpaceX rocket atop a drone ship

‘Also, being ruggedized for relentless salt spray & extreme winds & storms in deep ocean isn’t easy,’ Musk said in regards to the recent service. Pictured is a SpaceX rocket atop a drone ship

The new service has an upfront hardware fee of $10,000 for two 'ruggedized' Starlink dishes and regular costs will run $5,000 per month. Pictured is a SpaceX rocket atop a drone ship

The brand new service has an upfront hardware fee of $10,000 for 2 ‘ruggedized’ Starlink dishes and regular costs will run $5,000 per 30 days. Pictured is a SpaceX rocket atop a drone ship

ELON MUSK’S SPACEX SET TO BRING BROADBAND INTERNET TO THE WORLD WITH ITS STARLINK CONSTELLATION OF SATELLITES

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched greater than 2,000 of its ‘Starlink’ space web satellites into orbit and hopes to have 12,000 within the sky by 2026.

They form a constellation designed to offer low-cost broadband web service from low Earth orbit. 

While satellite web has been around for some time, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Starlink is different. SpaceX said its goal is to offer high-speed, cable-like web everywhere in the world. 

Musk has previously said the enterprise could give three billion individuals who currently wouldn’t have access to the web an inexpensive way of getting online.

It could also help fund a future city on Mars.

Helping humanity reach the red planet is one in every of Musk’s long-stated goals and was what inspired him to start out SpaceX.

Musk’s rival Jeff Bezos, the founding father of Amazon, also plans to launch a constellation of low Earth-orbit satellites to offer broadband access to distant areas, as a part of its Project Kuiper.

Nonetheless, astronomers have raised concerns in regards to the light pollution and other interference cased by these satellite constellations. 

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