Elon Musk over the weekend gave an update on the timeline for SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet rolling out to offer service for cruisers - especially those looking to head far from shore.
Responding to a Twitter thread where a fan commented:
"My parents are about to travel the earth by boat and it would be great if they could use Starlink for their voyage!"
Elon Musk replied with:
"Should work everywhere for global maritime by roughly middle of next year (enough sats with laser links launched). Until then, it will be patchy when far from land."
Only a small percentage of the 1,844 Starlink satellites launched to date feature the necessary laser interconnects to allow the Starlink satellites to communicate with each other directly in space, allowing the satellites to relay data to provide coverage even when out of range of a ground station.
All future Starlink launches will feature the new satellite design with lasers on board, and once enough of these upgraded satellites are in orbit Starlink will be able to (theoretically - pending regulatory and licensing hurdles) offer truly global coverage.
No further details around mobile Starlink terminals or cruising data plans have been revealed yet.
Key Mobile Internet Related Considerations:
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For more information:
- Elon Musk's Twitter Feed: Elon Musk
Updates Made to our Content & Relevant Resources:
- Gear Center: Starlink by SpaceX
- Guide: Mobile Satellite Internet & Communication Options For RVers And Boaters
- MIA Forum: Starlink & Mobility - Discussion Thread
- Content Collection: Mobile Satellite Internet Resource Center