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SV Tom Crean 09-07-2022 01:46

Re: Test Results: Starlink on a Sailboat Underway
 
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Originally Posted by Jon Hacking (Post 3650776)
The Maritime version is only for big ships, certainly not for cruisers on 42' boats. I think it actually comprises 2 of the bigger (& much more expensive) Business Dishies.

Folks seem to be worried that prices will go up for mid-ocean service for us little guys, but I think that's pretty unwarranted. Musk is not known for price gouging. He could be getting MUCH more for servicing NASA jobs. His lunar lander bid was half the competition's.

It's not like it costs Starlink anything more to service the middle of the ocean. Those mid-ocean birds aren't doing anything else except possibly boosting to keep their orbits. Admittedly, they can't use their radios while they're boosting, but only a few will be doing that.

One of Starlink's publicly stated goals is to beat the latency of the normal internet between NY & London. To do this, they can't use the normal undersea transatlantic fiber - they HAVE to use their own lasers, keeping the data in space until it's close to its destination. Light in space is 30% faster than light in glass. And fiber has to go through amplifiers every few miles, which each add a tiny delay. Going from sat to sat introduces a tiny delay as well, but the hops are much longer.

I'm optimistic. The birds over parts of north America (& possibly Europe) are very busy, but the birds elsewhere are loafing, with most doing nothing at all.


Iím with you on that - a capped mobile RV/Nomad version, limited to maybe 30/40Mbs but works offshore and any continent, might be a good solution and for consumers only ( no commercial/for hire boats). Itís not like this is a new idea to SpaceX - there are cruisers working in SpaceX and are pushing for this.

This maritime sub is for commercial ships - your cruise liners, merchant ships and so on, businesses making money with their shipping.

goboatingnow 09-07-2022 02:13

Test Results: Starlink on a Sailboat Underway
 
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Originally Posted by SV Tom Crean (Post 3650867)
Iím with you on that - a capped mobile RV/Nomad version, limited to maybe 30/40Mbs but works offshore and any continent, might be a good solution and for consumers only ( no commercial/for hire boats). Itís not like this is a new idea to SpaceX - there are cruisers working in SpaceX and are pushing for this.

This maritime sub is for commercial ships - your cruise liners, merchant ships and so on, businesses making money with their shipping.



But again this is a tiny niche market , the income from it would be tiny. Why bother ? And you need a suitable in-motion warranted hardware

( starlink within a territory can only operate within the license restrictions applicable to that territory , we donít know the detail of these )


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