Do you know Starlink, Elon Musk’s company that offers satellite internet subscriptions? In the middle of the countryside, the service is very useful, although a bit expensive. And then to the sea?
Well that might be useful too, but it would be much, much, much, much more expensive. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Starlink Maritime, the first €5,000 internet subscription signed by Elon Musk!
Elon Musk’s Starlink: The Future of the Internet?
Starlink is an innovative satellite Internet service that operates via a constellation of satellites. Project started by Elon Musk in 2015 and launched recently, It guarantees a stable and fast connection for everyone regardless of your geographical location. Mainly intended for forgotten fiber and aims to bridge the digital divide on a large scale.
If the Internet by satellite has been around for a few years now, the novelty here is that these satellites will not be placed in the so-called geostationary orbit, which is very high and therefore suffers from a latency problem that is impossible to avoid. Elon Musk’s idea then was to put thousands of satellites (12,000) into much lower orbits.
So, Elon Musk can use the knowledge of his space company SpaceX to establish Statlink.
An announcement that didn’t go unnoticed…
What is Starlink Maritime? Low latency high-speed internet with downloads up to 350 Mbit/s at sea. Something to impress more than one! Elon Musk presents Starlink Maritime, €5,000 internet subscription for luxury yacht
Starlink’s new offering wasn’t announced with much fanfare from a podium by an emotional Elon Musk. We can understand why bad buzz at such a price is almost inevitable. If you want to go to Netflix or JV in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it’s always possible. That being said, it seems reasonable to assume that you have plenty of money if you need or want such a luxury.
Why? just cause Taking out an internet subscription for a boat means… having a boat Elon Musk’s company was very clear when it announced Starlink Maritime, aiming for, and I quote, “high-end yachts”, small tubs that cost nothing, just a few million.
A fair price?
A few weeks ago, Starlink has released a similar package for motorhomes for “only” €124. But don’t confuse everything. The exorbitant price is justified in several ways:
- The target audience is the super rich (either big yacht owners or some big companies (transportation or otherwise)).
- Having satellite internet in the middle of the ocean is a very expensive technological feat. The two terminals designated for high seas have nothing to do with RV antennas.
- The technology is in its infancy and is far from being produced on a large scale.
- Several other companies offer lower rates than Elon Musk, but the speeds offered are ridiculous, not even enough to scroll Instagram. Starlink claims 350 Mbit/s and “low latency” above all this Much better than the competition.
One such offer facility made by Starlink Maritime
Easy to connect and install at sea worldwide:
From merchant ships to oil rigs to high-end yachts, Starlink Maritime allows you to connect from the world’s most remote maritime regions, just as you are at the office or at home.
Starlink Maritime Hardware offers a small footprint, requires minimal deck space and comes with an easy-to-install bracket.
Flexible payment and remote monitoring:
Starlink implements end-to-end encryption to protect your data and user traffic privacy.
Starlink Maritime offers the ability to stop and restart the service at any time and is billed in monthly increments, allowing their service to be customized to individual needs.
Strong enough to withstand rocket landings:
In addition to withstanding extreme cold, heat, hail, sleet, heavy rain and strong winds, Starlink is also resistant to rocket engines.
Starlink is currently used to receive high-quality video of SpaceX rocket landings at sea, providing continuous coverage of the forward engines capable of generating 95 tonnes (190,000 lb) of thrust.
But what price are we talking about exactly? Hold on, the title doesn’t say it all.
Not only does the subscription cost 5000 dollars per month (which we translated to 5000€, the two currency values are pretty close at the moment and the Americans don’t charge VAT), but you also have to pay for equipment that will be placed on the roof or deck of the ship. A small animal costs $10,000.
Wait, it’s not over yet. As stated just now, there is still the 20% tax, but also installation, shipping, maintenance costs… In short, you get it, It is the most expensive internet package in the world so far.
Some may find it rude, how about you?
Solid review, not just bid price
Note, however, that the Starlink service has been heavily criticized, Especially by part of the scientific community.
- When satellites are at the end of their lives, the deorbit phases will be extremely harmful to the environment.
- These thousands of satellites cause immense light pollution on top of the pollution in low Earth orbit, which is already a huge open sky litter.