On-the-go photographers can now access Starlink internet off-grid
Traveling photographers who live in recreational vehicles (RVs) can now receive Starlink internet as Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched a new product specifically for pickup trucks.
The new internet service option was announced this week with motorhome owners in mind and allows nomadic souls to use a dish to receive a data connection wherever they are.
Starlink is now available for motorhomes, motorhomes and other large vehicle users (note, antenna too large for cars) https://t.co/uwKwduNioj
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2022
However, as reported Engadgetnetwork resources for the VR system will be “deprioritized” and the service costs $135, which is $25 more than a regular Starlink connection.
Starlink introduced a portability feature for a regular connection in March, which costs the same as the new VR system. This portability option allows users to use the service when away from home, but was only available if customers had home service first.
Starlink for RVs will also allow customers to suspend and reactivate service, and billing is in monthly increments. This allows travelers to adapt their billing according to their current situation.
However, since the network is no longer a priority, RV dwellers can sometimes find their connection slow, especially in congested areas and during peak hours.
Another important note for potential RV Starlink customers is that the system is not designed to operate while a vehicle is in motion. Musk says it won’t work on airplanes either, at least not very well, in a tone that seems to indicate that such a feature could come at a later date.
Starlink works on moving vehicles, including airplanes, but not yet reliably
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2022
Musk also said the antenna is too large for cars and the system can only be used on RVs, motorhomes and other large vehicles. However, that didn’t stop one motorist from trying last year.
Even the most traveling photographer will need an internet connection to send photos to a client or share them on a social media platform. For this reason, Starlink’s latest offering might be an option.
Earlier this month PetaPixel featured a startup van company offering photographers an affordable way to live an off-the-grid lifestyle. While at the opposite end of the spectrum, a van company offers a massive creative studio on wheels that Starlink could come in handy for.