Lately, it is especially the proposed takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk that has caused ink to flow. But at the same time, the billionaire’s other projects are moving forward. And among these there is Stalink.
Currently, the SpaceX satellite connection service only works when the user is on a fixed point. However, the company has always indicated that it wants to offer this satellite connection to vehicles on the move.
And the good news is that Starlink recently got the green light from US authorities for this extension of its service. In a recent article, our colleagues from The Verge relayed a document from the FCC or Federal Communication Commission authorizing Starlink to provide the satellite connection on moving vehicles.
As the American media notes, the request was made by Starlink in March 2021. In the document it published, the FCC recognizes the interest of a connection to Starlink which would be accessible even when the user is moving.
“Authorizing a new class of terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing demands of users who now require connectivity on the go, whether driving an RV across the country, moving cargo from Europe to a US port, or on a domestic or international flight”the FCC document reads.
And now that Starlink has had the green light from the authorities, it is expected to announce the possibility of using this satellite connection on vehicles on the move.
Currently, here is what we read on the Starlink FAQ on this subject: “Use of the Starlink kit in motion voids your kit’s limited warranty. Our teams are actively working to make Starlink use accessible in on-the-go vehicles. Starlink is not yet configured for safe use under these conditions. »
Starlink already offers a “camping car” offer
Starlink has always taken into account that its users want to be able to use its service while on the go. This is why in May, it launched a “motorhome” offer which costs more, but which can be suspended or reactivated at any time (operating in monthly installments).
For subscribers who would like to take the Starlink antenna with them when travelling, the company also offers a portability offer in return for a supplement to be paid.
“For an additional monthly fee, the portability feature allows users to temporarily move their Starlink to new locations in order to receive service anywhere on the same continent where Starlink has active coverage”can we read on the Starlink support site.
“When you activate portability, the charges are billed on your next monthly bill. Portability is billed in full monthly installments and cannot be prorated. The portability feature and billing fees will continue until you decide to turn it off”undermines the company further.
It remains to be seen whether there will also be a surcharge for those who wish to use the antenna on vehicles on the move.