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TDI-Brooks Adds Starlink Maritime Service to Research Vessels

TDI-Brooks successfully installed the Starlink Maritime platform on two of their four research vessels RV Brooks McCall and RV Miss Emma McCall. Both vessels are currently working on the US East Coast performing G&G surveys for offshore wind programs.

Installation of the Starlink Maritime platform is next planned for installation on the RV Proteus currently working in the Northern GOM and RV Gyre working off Trinidad. “We are enthusiastic to add this technology to our fleet. We can get usable speeds anywhere our vessels operate at a reasonably inexpensive price. We can now support and communicate with our marine crew, technical crew, and clients in the field in an exceptional way.” stated Richard Byno, TDI-Brooks Director of Marine Operations.

Starlink Maritime is a division of SpaceX. The company is now entering into new mobility applications that use satellite connectivity services. Starlink Maritime is the name of this satellite connectivity service being offered to maritime vessels. There is no data cap on capacity, and users will likely get download speed rates between 60-150 Mbps. Maximum peak speeds are stated at 350 Mbps. Upload speed is stated to be around 10-20Mbps. However, this will, of course, depend on the region and congestion of vessels/assets per area. Maximum peak speeds are stated at 40 Mbps.

Since launch in January 2020, Starlink’s constellation comprises around 2,400 small satellites in orbit today. In July 2022, the firm launched its maritime service, which offers high-speed, low-latency internet with the potential of up to 350 Mbps download speeds while at sea. Starlink has created accessibility to roughly 11,500 maritime vessels for its connectivity services.

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