New Starlink dish for boats can survive hurricanes, says Musk

SpaceX begins selling a new Starlink boat dish designed to survive hurricanes.

Just as Hurricane Ian hit Florida on Wednesday, the company began offering the new “high-performance flat” dish through the Starlink Maritime service, designed for yachts and commercial vessels.

The old Starlink Maritime dish was mounted on a four-legged stand. The new model ditches the stand and is designed to lay flat while facing the sky to receive satellite internet.

(Credit: Starlink.com)

The hardware includes a ‘corner mount’, on which the dish can be mounted to create a high angle, allowing rainwater to fall off the surface. The dish also has an IP56 waterproof rating which means it can withstand high pressure water jets from all directions.

On Wednesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted(Opens in a new window) about Starlink Maritime, saying it can deliver “high-speed internet connectivity even in rough seas and hurricane winds.”

It’s definitely not a good idea to take a boat into a hurricane. But Musk points out that the new dish was designed to survive winds of over 174 miles per hour. For perspective, a Category 5 hurricane can cause wind speeds to reach over 157 mph. (Starlink’s other high-performance dish can only withstand winds over 50 mph.)

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The specifications of the new Starlink dish. (Credit: Starlink.com)

The new dish isn’t cheap, though. Hardware for Starlink Maritime always costs a one-time fee of $10,000. But as before, buyers will receive two dishes that they can place on their boats. Customers must also pay $5,000 per month to receive internet from the service.

For now, the new high performance flat dish is reserved for Starlink Maritime. But we wouldn’t be surprised if SpaceX started offering a similar model for moving planes and cars. In June, the FCC authorized the company to bring Starlink to moving vehicles. SpaceX is currently testing extending Starlink to school buses in rural parts of the United States.

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Earnest A. Martinez