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Inflation Sparks Price Rises at Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Starlink

Prices are going up at SpaceX, The Wall Street Journal reported, with its Starlink user kit for clients with deposits already in increasing to $549 from $499

China's defence community is concerned at Elon Musk's plan to increase the network to 42,000 satellites from 12,000. Photo: Reuters.

The Elon Musk-led SpaceX, and its Starlink unit that uses satellites to provide broadband internet connections, have raised their prices due to soaring inflation.

The price of a Falcon 9 launch has risen to $67 million from $62 million, according to SpaceX’s recently updated Capabilities and Services web page.

A 200-kilogram payload launched by SpaceX now costs $1.1 million, up from $1 million.

Starlink, meanwhile said the price of its user kit for clients with deposits already in is increasing to $549 from $499, while new customers will pay $599. The monthly charge for the service will increase to $110 from $99.

SpaceX sent notices to Starlink users and deposit holders advising them of the higher prices, according to CNBC.

The sole purpose of these adjustments is to keep pace with rising inflation,” Starlink said. The company didn’t specify what drove the change, but said it has added new infrastructure since October 2020.

“Tesla and SpaceX are seeing significant recent inflation pressure in raw materials and logistics,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

Users seeking a refund due to the price changes can cancel their service without a fee, but will only receive a full refund if they received the Starlink hardware in the past 30 days.

SpaceX is offering a partial refund of $200 for users who cancel within the first year of service.


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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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