There are a lot of questions if StarLink might be the next solution for real in flight
Internet. With their low hardware and subscription prices for residential satellite
internet the thought is very tempting. Now the first details are available on their
aviation product and unfortunately it will not be suitable for smaller GA aircraft.
Antenna dimensions and price
The antenna is going to be huge and expensive. The new reports suggest a purchase
price of 150.000 USD and the picture suggest an antenna the size of a square pizza box.
It will take a large jet to accommodate that kind of hardware. For copyright reasons
the pictures are not reproduced here but you can have a look yourself:
The subscription is supposed to be crazy expensive. The news reports suggest 12.500 USD
per month or more. Unfortunately SpaceX charges what they think they can so you end
up paying many times the amount charged for residential service while using the
same bandwidth. Already for RV and boating the prices have increased far beyond the
initial residential pricing. As usual aviation prices go even far beyond that level.
Summary: StarLink for aviation is coming. But it will not be an option for GA aircraft,
except the very top end jets, due to antenna dimensions and cost.