Starlink on your yacht so hot

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Having conquered orbit, SpaceX looks set to be the next meeting point on the high seas, thanks to a dedicated sub-brand of satellite internet service focused on yachts. Starlink Maritime.

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The idea of ​​satellite internet on the water is not new, but the actual service is usually not very good: you can expect hundreds or thousands per month for DSL-era speeds in excess of a few megabits.

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Starlink Maritime is at least addressing the speed issue by claiming to be able to provide customers with speeds up to 350Mbps. But with a monthly price of $5,000 and a one-time hardware fee of $10,000 for the dual terminals you’ll need, it’s no more affordable. While consumers have the option to pause and resume the plan, they will only be billed for the months they use.

Terminals are “performance cymbals” about twice the size of a home cymbal, Joseph Scarantino of Starlink. noted on twitter.

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“Two Perf dishes quadruple performance, which helps reduce latency, ping drops, or signal loss at sea due to the wider field of view provided by two dishes,” he wrote.

Of course, the device still needs to be installed where there is a clear view of the sky. Consumers can download the Starlink phone app to make sure their device is in the perfect location.

SpaceX claims Starlink Maritime “allows you to connect from the world’s most remote waters,” but currently their coverage is limited to coastal waters in North America (primarily the US), Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Chile. . Not a problem if all you’re doing is cruising the Mediterranean, but transoceanic ships will lose contact fairly quickly once they leave land.

Image Credits: SpaceX

Starlink says it will expand its coverage to more waters – mostly in the Northern Hemisphere – by the fourth quarter of this year and in the Southern Hemisphere by the first quarter of 2023.

Modern maritime ISPs provide coverage in most ocean waters, depending on the coverage plan, but again, the speed isn’t great. A high-speed service even only in local waters, even at this price, is likely to attract many high-end customers and commercial services such as cruise ships.




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