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Starlink for RVs satellite internet costs $25 extra for worse services

SpaceX’s Starlink is still scaling up its constellation of internet satellites, and the service is only intended for use at the specific location where the user is registered. But as we noted earlier this month, for an additional $25 per month, it will let users take their dish somewhere else every now and then with the service’s new “portability” feature.

For that package with portability, you still need to have at-home service first, and it warns users they’ll be de-prioritized while away from home. But if you’re a vanlifer or RV enthusiast who is willing to buy a dish without having a “home” address with prioritized service, now Starlink for RVs will let you sign up and grab a dish for access right now. There’s no waiting required, although it’s worth mentioning the service is not set up to work while in motion and, as Elon Musk helpfully mentions, the antenna is a bit too large for your car.

Of course, as seen in the Starlink subreddit, not everyone is happy that Starlink for RVs has provided a no-waiting option even as some fans who signed up for home service have shipping dates that aren’t due until 2023.

Starlink for RVs costs $687.94 up front
Image: Starlink

Taking that route won’t be cheap, though. Like most people in the US who live east of the Mississippi River, my home address is waitlisted for Starlink service, but I could sign up for a dish today with $99 down and an estimated $110 monthly service price. If I opt for Starlink for RVs, then I can get a dish shipped to me ASAP, as long as I’m willing to pay the full $599 price plus fees immediately and $135 per month for internet service.

For my extra $25 each month, I would enjoy “best effort service,” as well as the option to pause service for months when I don’t need it. As the Starlink for RVs FAQ explains, “Network resources are…


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SpaceX plans rocket launch for rideshare program

ORLANDO, Fla. – SpaceX is targeting Wednesday afternoon for a Falcon 9 rocket launch from the Space Coast.

Space Launch Delta 45 released a forecast for the rocket launch Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Space Launch Complex 40, with a launch window starting at 2:25 p.m. and ending at 3:24 p.m.

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Forecasters say the launch is 80% go with only a 20% chance of weather stopping the launch.

SpaceX is also expected to attempt to launch the rocket booster at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, which means a chance that people will hear sonic booms.

The SpaceX launch is a Transporter 5 mission, a rideshare mission that sends small satellites for commercials and government customers into orbit.

Spire Space Services, which provides space-based data and analytics, says it is launching five satellites and hardware on board for several groups.

SpaceX launched its last rocket just last week from Kennedy Space Center. It sent a new bunch of Starlink satellites into orbit.

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Elon Musk to Insert Starlink Satellites Amid Brazilian Rainforest Following Partnership With Government

(Photo : Jair M. Bolsonaro )

Following a gathering held on May 20th in São Paulo, which assembled Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, 10 businessmen, five ministers, and Starlink’s Elon Musk, an agreement was made to leverage Starlink satellites for various purposes around the Amazonian rainforest. The newly-rendered Starlink coverage map will grow into Brazil over the next few months, aiding the country in such services as rainforest analysis, surveying for potential fires, which reached well over 1,000 last year alone, and supplying local schools with enhanced broadband services.

The agreement was announced via Brazil’s Communications minister Fablo Faria alongside Bolsonaro following the meeting. Musk himself relayed the news on Twitter, highlighting the potential of utilizing the new Starlink internet capabilities in nearly 19,000 rural set schools. Although no official contracts have been signed on the proposed deal, Brazil did relay in a press release that all financial obligations, investment considerations, and technical concepts would be “discussed at a later date, with the public and private sector stakeholders involved.”

Starlink, a subsidiary under SpaceX, has previously stated the potential output of up to 120 internet satellites on a per-month basis, with a slated number positioned at 4,408 upon the Anatel telecommunications agency agreement. Signed in late Jan, Anatel partnered with Starlink in operational rights over Brazil, which would allow the satellite internet firm full exploitation…


Wait still on for free Wi-Fi and Sungjoen App

Phub Dem 

One of the most popular pledges of the government has been providing free Wi-Fi and developing a domestic social network application, Sungjoen.

Running four years now, the government is yet to implement the pledge.

According to information and communications (MoIC) minister, Karma Donnen Wangdi, the ministry is still exploring a suitable way forward for Starlink services and ways to operationalise it.

He said that it was difficult for a government agency to handle commercial deals and address the operations and maintenance of such deployments across the country.

He said: “The ministry is exploring local entities to take this implementation forward keeping in mind the priorities and safeguarding the current and future interests of the country.”

The government has proposed to establish at least one Starlink Wi-Fi hotspot in each of 1,044 chiwogs and 100 Wi-Fi hotspots in urban areas through local Internet service providers.

The estimated cost is  Nu 2.930 billion for five years.

Starlink is a SpaceX initiative to create a global broadband network by using a constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites.

The State of the Nation report 2021 stated that MoIC had proposed 3,000 Starlink user terminals in the country for both free Wi-Fi and interested private users; establishment of a Starlink Gateway; Starlink to be allowed as an FDI in the ICT sector (ISP) as per the requirement of the Information Communication and Media Act of Bhutan 2018.

The ministry has also proposed that Starlink be allowed as a 100 percent FDI company as it differs from what was spelt out in the FDI Policy 2019.

The report also stated that the government has initiated the design of the Sungjoen App for domestic users. It stated that the application would be redeveloped to function as a universal modular platform with additional features to make or receive payments, provide G2C services, and government notifications or announcements, among…


Musk’s troubled tryst with India: Tesla, Starlink in limbo for over a year

Last week, world headlines buzzed with Elon Musk’s announcement that he was shelving his audacious bid for social media platform Twitter. Away from the media spotlight, questions are being asked about the maverick billionaire’s plans in India, too.

A few days ago, a Reuters report said Musk’s flagship Tesla had put on hold its plan to launch electric cars in India. Tesla has abandoned its search for showroom space, reassigned its small India team around the globe and set itself a deadline next year of February 1, when the Union Budget is usually announced, to check …


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Elon Musk’s SpaceX looks to raise $1.7 billion in new funding

A Falcon 9 rocket launches a batch of Starlink satellites to orbit on April 29, 2022.


SpaceX is raising a massive round of fresh funding, CNBC has learned, sending the private company’s valuation to about $127 billion.

The space venture is looking to bring in up to $1.725 billion in new capital, at a price of $70 per share, according to a company-wide email on Friday obtained by CNBC. Notably, SpaceX split its stock price 10-for-1 in February, which reduced the common stock to $56 a share – with the new valuation representing a 25% increase.

SpaceX is also conducting a secondary sale to company insiders and existing shareholders for up to $750 million in common stock. The company conducts these secondary offerings regularly, as a way for long-time stockholders to sell equity, given that SpaceX remains private more than 20 years since its founding.

Details of the cash infusion were not previously reported. The New York Post first reported SpaceX was looking to bring in more funding, and noted, citing unnamed sources, that the capital increase has seen “tepid demand” so far.

The company’s valuation has soared in the last few years as SpaceX has raised billions to fund work on two capital-intensive projects: the next generation rocket Starship and its global satellite internet network Starlink.

The company’s funding round comes as founder and CEO Elon Musk is embroiled in sexual harassment allegations reportedly from a former SpaceX jet flight attendant. The billionaire has denied the claims made against him as “wild accusations.” The flight attendant reportedly did not sue SpaceX, and instead reached a $250,000 severance agreement in 2018.


SpaceX moon and sunrise Starlink satellite launch photos

When SpaceX launched a new Starlink fleet into orbit last week, the rocket wasn’t the only star. 

As SpaceX prepared its ground-based tracking cameras for the early-morning Falcon 9 rocket launch from Florida on May 18, its operators snagged a spectacular view of the nearly full moon. Minutes later, the Falcon 9 launched 53 Starlink satellites to space from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. 

“What you’re looking at on your screen is this incredible live shot of the being beincg captured by one of our tracking cameras at the Cape,” SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson said during a live broadcast. “Now, these are the same cameras that we use to track Falcon 9 during launch, and today we’re getting a bonus view of the moon, which looks pretty incredible there on your screen.” Anderson said the view was captured with the help of a SpaceX launch engineer named John.

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A SpaceX rocket launch tracking camera captured this amazing view of the moon just ahead of the company’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 Starlink satellites from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 18, 2022. (Image credit: SpaceX)


Musk challenges ‘liar’ who accused him of sexual misconduct to describe private parts

Elon Musk challenged the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct to describe details of his intimate body parts that are “not known by the public” in a bid to disprove her claims. 

“But I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me ‘exposed’ – describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened,” Musk tweeted Friday in response to a Twitter user asking what the accusations were. 

This long-exposure image shows a trail of a group of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites passing over Uruguay as seen from the countryside some 185 km north of Montevideo near Capilla del Sauce, Florida Department, on February 7, 2021.  (Photo by MARIANA SUAREZ/AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

A former flight attendant working on a contract basis in the cabin crew for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, Insider reported last week.

The incident allegedly took place in 2016. The woman reported the incident to the company’s human resources department, and Musk, SpaceX and the attendant ultimately entered a $250,000 severance agreement in 2018, Insider reported. 


Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla, denied the sexual misconduct claims to the outlet, calling the story a “politically motivated hit piece.”

“If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,” he wrote. 

Launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

The crowd cheers at Playalinda Beach in the Canaveral National Seashore, just north of the…


Starlink Stuns & Crosses 300 Mbps In Download Speed Once Again!

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Starlink satellite internet service has achieved yet another explosive download test results in the United States. Starlink is a low Earth orbit small satellite internet constellation that aims to provide global internet coverage. Its several speed test result compilations have confirmed that globally, Starlink has surpassed broadband download speeds in most of the countries that it operates in. Today’s results show the service achieving 301 Mbps in download, making it one of the fastest that we’ve come across. However, the latency continues to provide more room for improvement, with the upload speed also being far from the strong download test result.

Starlink User In Rural Wisconsin Reports Strong Download Speeds With No Other Users In His Area

The internet speed test result was shared by a user on the social media platform Reddit. Reddit user DullKn1fe uploaded the scores earlier today and claimed that he had run the test during early morning hours. The end result showed that his Starlink connection had been able to deliver an eye popping download speed of 301 Mbps. Subsequent comments by DullKn1fe revealed that he lives in rural Wisconsin, located in the Northeastern segment of the continental United States.

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When compared to other download tests that we’ve come across, today’s results are among some of the fastest. They’re also significantly above the average Starlink download speeds in the U.S. as listed down by the popular internet speed testing service Ookla. However, while the download speeds in rural Wisconsin are impressive, the upload speed and the latency, which is the time that it takes for an information packet to travel from and back to a user can be improved.

The test shows that DullKn1fe was able to achieve 20.5 Mbps in upload speed and 78…