SpaceX is going to start using its Starlink Internet service in moving vehicles. Starting in December 2022, users of the service will be able to connect to Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service in the most remote places on highways where even cellular communication does not receive.
In May of this year, SpaceX launched the Starlink-for-RVs service. It also offered internet access for vehicles, but on the condition that the car would be parked during use. The new announcement takes the satellite Internet service a step further by providing connectivity when vehicles are moving.
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
“With a wide field of view and advanced GPS capabilities, the high–performance Starlink system can connect to more satellites, providing a stable connection on the go,” explains SpaceX on its website.
But the price for such a pleasure will not be cheap. While a Starlink for stationary vehicles costs USD 599 for a standard satellite dish, an RV-in-motion service requires a USD 2,500 flat, high-performance Starlink antenna. The monthly fee will be USD 135. The coverage map and availability can be found on the official website.
Starlink Space Fleet
Starlink operates with the help of small satellites launched by SpaceX into near-Earth orbit. The “space fleet” of the company has more than 2000 satellites, which are now in space, and new ones are added monthly. As of May 2022, satellite Internet serves more than 400 thousand customers in 36 countries, including Ukraine.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that the service has the potential to generate up to USD 50 billion in annual revenue if the company manages to capture at least a few percent of the global telecommunications market in the coming years.
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