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An update on Starlink Mobile Broadband for RVers

For those RVers awaiting the arrival of the Starlink Mobile Broadband service to their area or who are eager for expanded Starlink roaming, SpaceX, the parent company of Starlink, has some news. On Thursday, April 21, 2022, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from the company’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station carrying 53 more Starlink low-orbit satellites.

The launch brought the total number of Starlink satellites to 2,335. SpaceX/Starlink has said that its near-term goal is to increase the number to 4,400 with the completion of the project’s first phase. That figure is barely 10 percent of 42,000 satellites planned for low-earth orbit nearly 300 miles above the earth.

Each launch enables the broadening of the scope of Starlink service and increases roaming capability for mobile users.

The massive space project has not been completely flawless, however. Of the 2,335 satellites SpaceX has launched, 2,067 are still operational. The remaining 268 have malfunctioned or have been knocked out of their earth orbit by space weather.

Thursday’s launch will be the 149th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket since the program’s start in 2010.

We’ll keep you updated with all Starlink Mobile Broadband news.

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Timothy Smith
15 days ago

My Daughter has this service now. I asked how it performs during a thunderstorm.
In an RV, situational awareness during bad weather is a paramount concern. She says, “ It goes out just like as Direct TV and Dish.
I’m out!

Corey Crawford
21 days ago

We have Starlink in our rv and it has changed our lives. No more slow rv camp wifi, not more jet packs. We love it and it is worth every dime!!!

Don Pulliam
16 days ago
Reply to  Corey Crawford

How did you get Starlink in your mobile RV?

Pamela Holt
23 days ago

How do you have “weather” in space without air?

DaveH
23 days ago
Reply to  Pamela Holt

Go to Space weather.com You will learn much about how the sun affects earth.

chris
23 days ago

Excellent. I look forward to using this instead of my phone.

Ray
23 days ago

I am really jazzed to see Starlink becoming fully operational. I imagine keeping 42K satellites up and running will take some effort. I also read where a small bunch got knocked out by a relatively weak coronal mass ejection. The Sun’s approximate 11 year cycle is now at a stage where CMEs are increasing. We were just missed by a very large CME just 9 days away from our locational orbit around the sun. Most people I imagine are fully aware of CMEs and the consequences of a direct hit. Thank God they are rare, the last big one was in the 1860s. In the event of such a contact, which we may/may not get advanced notice, mostly all forms of electronic communication are at risk and panic would be our greatest enemy. Being aware of this natural phenomenon will reduce the panic.

Bob Palin
23 days ago
Reply to  Ray

The 40 that were lost earlier this year were as a result of particularly strong sun activity, they weren’t affected directly by the sun, the atmosphere heated more than expected and increased the drag on the satellites which were in a low parking orbit while they were being tested. They actually had protection against this, they turned sideways to reduce drag but this event was so large they couldn’t recover. The parking orbit has been raised slightly to try and avoid this happening again. None have been lost to CMEs directly so far though it is certainly a theoretical possibility.

Kyle Petree
23 days ago
Reply to  Ray

Back then high tech was the telegraph, and from that event there are reports of telegraph operators being shocked. Of course they really didn’t know why at the time.

Only time will tell how resiliant our new and MUCH more complex systems will respond to a similar event.

friz
23 days ago

The word “update” has the word “date” in it. Your article did not. Thanks anyway for the content.

Marty
23 days ago

I live in an area that the early Starlink satellites covered and am still waiting to get my hardware. They promised mid to late summer 2021 and now it’s promised by the end of 2022. My neighbor has it and likes it a lot. But I’m not holding my breath for this year much less RV coverage going down the road.

Bob Palin
23 days ago
Reply to  Marty

I just got back from a 6 week trip in my RV where I used Starlink almost every day in an area where service is not currently offered, southern New Mexico. The only place it didn’t work was Roswell, and I hear that it does work there now. There are people using it in motion already, though that is not covered by the FCC license. Starlink is great for RV trips.

Walker Rowe
22 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

Do you use shore or solar for power? I am curious about the potential draw the hardware would require and also the connect time, say if your internet use had to be more akin to gorilla war fare as opposed to conventional in response to limited capacity.

Unknown
16 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Just put in service addresses further and further out till you find availability. Then change the shipping address to yours. mine is gas station in the middle of nowhere 4 hours from me. I got mine in 2 weeks. Just keep note of your service address in case roaming is not enabled. Also note this service is still in testing so communication and downtime may be an issue till it is fully rolled out.

Bob p
23 days ago

I realize the sky is a big area and I’m not educated enough to fathom all this but, 42,000 low earth orbiting satellites around the North American continent. Isn’t that going to be a “traffic jam” for launching missiles into space? Not only awaiting the right weather conditions, but waiting for the traffic to clear for a launch! Lol

Bob Palin
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Perhaps ‘missiles’ shouldn’t be launched into space…

Dave
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Around the entire planet

Michael
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

Take 42k people and spread them evenly on the entirety of just the United States. Think how far apart they are. Now, take that snake 42k people and spread them across the entirety of the land. Think how far apart they would be. Now spread them across the globe including the 80% of the globe that is water. Now imagine how far apart they would be. Now take those 42k people and lift them each 300miles strait up…. The distance between each of them gets even greater.

There is A LOT of space up there even with 42k satellites.

Bob Palin
23 days ago
Reply to  Michael

Not only that but they are in shells at different heights.

Bob Palin
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

And the satellites are not orbiting ‘the North American continent’ – they orbit the whole of earth, service is intended to be available everywhere (see Ukraine).

Parker
23 days ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

I put down a deposit when it first was offered to me in 2019, then waited like everyone else. No word no customer service nothing. Then because I believed in this I waited and got s notification that it was ready to be shipped pay up in the next week. The one they were sending was more expensive and a different model ,and I was unsure if it would work. I tried to reach someone about this. Finally after many messages about canceling, I got a response and a call.They dont make the old one anymore ( sans router) but they would absorb the extra cost. And would delay billing of service, until I received everything, and got it installed. I got an email saying they were to bill my auto bill. For a week now I have tried to reach them again, No responses .I am at the end of my rope with them and have horrible antiquated Altice which is all I can get. I am now past the return date but don’t have all the parts, I need. I hope I can sell the equipment that I have as I heard that even with the rising fees of the unit, it’s worth at least 2000. Of course that being said could it be stolen if placed in the ground? Such a bunch of drama.

Parker
23 days ago
Reply to  Parker

I now think additionally that the only reason that support contacted me was because it was within the return period and made me empty promises. In any event I suppose I can sell the kit with what I have so far. They should be ashamed of themselves for misleading claims. It’s nice that they send kits overseas ( probably a tax write off) but not taking care of people at home who have paid is a slap in the face.

Craig
23 days ago
Reply to  Parker

Put it on eBay or craigslist and quit crying about it. I received my kit plugged it in within 15 minutes I was online working fine. No problems at all. I sent them a message saying how grateful I was. They wrote me right back saying thank you.

Scott
22 days ago
Reply to  Parker

You must be on the board of twitter. I hear a baby crying.

LCandreva
20 days ago
Reply to  Parker

Under FAQ use the other link and email your question. I have always got a response.