Roving photographers who live in recreational vehicles (RV) can now receive Starlink internet as Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched a new product specifically for vans.
Starlink now available for RVs, campers & other large vehicle users (note, antenna too big for cars) https://t.co/uwKwduNioj
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2022
However, as reported by Engadget, the network’s resources for the RV system will be “de-prioritized,” and the service costs $135, which is $25 more than a regular Starlink connection.
Starlink introduced a portability feature to a regular connection in March which costs the same as the new RV system. This portability feature allows customers to access the service from anywhere but their homes. However, it was not available to all customers who had previously used a Home Service.
Starlink for RVs will also allow customers to pause and un-pause the service, and the billing is in one-month increments. It allows travellers to adjust their bill to suit their needs.
However, since the network is de-prioritized, RV dwellers may find their connection slow sometimes, particularly in congested areas and during peak hours.
Another important point for RV Starlink potential customers is that it isn’t intended to be used while the vehicle is moving. Musk stated that it will not work with planes, or at the very least, not well. He also suggested that such a feature might be added in the future.
Starlink does work on vehicles in motion, including planes, but not yet reliably
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2022
Musk also stated that the antenna is too big for cars and the system can only be used on RVs, campers, and other large vehicles. However, that didn’t stop one car driver from trying last year.
Even the most itinerant photographer will need an internet connection to send pictures to a client or share them on a social media platform. For this reason, Starlink’s latest offering could be an option.
Earlier this month PetaPixel featured a startup van company offering an affordable way for photographers to live an off-grid lifestyle. While at the opposite end of the spectrum a van company is offering a huge creative studio on wheels that Starlink could come in useful for.