SpaceX displayed a Starlink discount advertisement at an airport in Melbourne, Australia. A Twitter user (@cb_doge) shared a photograph via Twitter of the advertisement that suggests they reduced the Starlink hardware price nearly 50% and the offer is available until December 31st, 2022.
The advertisement display comes after the company sent emails to customers earlier this month stating that the Starlink Kit now costs $450 AUD, down nearly half from its original price of $924 AUD. The Kit includes: the phased array antenna to receive data from the satellite constellation, and a Wi-Fi router to access the internet wirelessly. –"SpaceX's Starlink has an offer for Australia only - Over 50% off your Kit until New Years Eve!" wrote the company via email. "Redeem today and connect to high-speed internet within a week. Available for fixed service at your home, or on-the-go for your caravan across Australia!" The monthly Starlink subscription for Australia costs $139 AUD.
SpaceX is offering this promotion to Australians because the service is now capable of providing extensive internet coverage to more users across the country. The official Starlink Coverage Map states there is coverage across the majority of the country, except some northern areas which are expected to have coverage early next year (pictured below). Starlink is useful for rural and remote communities where traditional internet infrastructures are unreliable to provide internet.
SpaceX already operates the world's largest broadband satellite constellation. According to data collected by astronomer Jonathan McDowell, SpaceX has launched a total of 3,558 satellites and out of those 3,271 remain in Low Earth Orbit. It is unclear how many are actively beaming internet service. The company already provides high-speed services globally across 44 countries, including maritime customers at sea and aboard aircraft. Visit Starlink.com for more information.
Featured Image Source: @cb_doge via Twitter
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Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.