Tampa, Florida For a flat panel antenna that enables land vehicles to use its Starlink broadband service while in motion, SpaceX began accepting pre-orders on October 25.
For an improved Starlink for RVs service, which presently only includes a normal $599 Starlink dish designed for stationary use, the company plans to begin making deliveries in December.
According to SpaceX, the flat panel antenna, which will cost customers $2,500, is better suited for moving vehicles because to its large area of view and ability to link to more satellites. Customers have been advised by the firm that using any other Starlink satellite dish while travelling may void their limited warranty.
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, tweeted that the in-motion service works “on any moving land item” that can contain a dish with a little over half a square metre of surface area, while being largely promoted to owners of RVs (recreational vehicles).
The flat panel antenna is “resilient in extreme conditions,” according to SpaceX, and is made for long-term mounting on a vehicle. It also has improved GPS capabilities to maintain connectivity while travelling.
No matter the antenna, Starlink for RVs in the U.S. will cost the same $135 a month, with connection speeds throttled during peak hours to provide priority to customers on residential and other Starlink service plans.
For “certain markets” where Starlink has received regulatory approval to offer in-motion connection, the new service will be available by the end of the year, the company said.
These markets include the United States, albeit according to SpaceX, high-speed, low-latency services are not guaranteed in the southeast of the country during peak hours due to present capacity limits.
Even to clients in low-capacity locations who are subject to waitlists for other Starlink service plans that run into 2023, the regular Starlink for RVs antenna is still available and can be supplied within two weeks.
Despite being just five months old, Starlink for RVs had more than 100,000 users as of the middle of October.
According to SpaceX’s website, users who want to use the service while mobile must attach Starlink’s flat panel antenna with a wedge mount that is provided with their package.
Those who are unsure of their ability to complete DIY projects might hire third-party installers from businesses like Winegard, a connection equipment supplier that on October 25 announced a reseller relationship with Starlink.
On June 30, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission granted Starlink authority to connect moving cars, boats, and planes.
A week later, Starlink introduced a maritime-specific service package, and on October 18, it began taking pre-orders from anyone who wanted to use the internet network in the air.