Currently implementing the program “Better than nothing Beta” of SpaceX for Starlink. And in Elon Musk’s style, it looks like Starlink’s Terms of Service and Installation Guidelines include some memorable (and surprisingly reasonable) Easter Eggs. Needless to say, the space community was captivated.
Among the most notable of these Easter Eggs are in the Starlink System Installation Guide. As noted by CNBC SpaceX Official Michael Sheetz, SpaceX’s Official Installation Guide, has revealed that the private space company is favorably calling its Starlink user terminals “Dishy McFlatface”, with reference to “Boaty McBoatface”;, made headlines in 2016.
The Meme “Boaty McBoatface” was born in 2016 when the British scientific research agency NERC launched an online contest provided by the community to determine the name of their new polar research vessel. The ship, one of the most advanced in the UK, has received numerous name hints, the most popular being “Boaty McBoatface”, a nickname suggested by former BBC host James Hand. . While the ship was eventually named RSS David Attenborough, an on-board drone was later named “Boaty McBoatface”. This name has existed on the internet ever since.
Referring to Boaty aside, Starlink’s Terms of Service also include some rather unique parts, most notably of which are written under the “Governing Law”. In it, Musk’s private space business explained that Starlink users must admit that Mars is a free planet and is not regulated by any government agency on Earth. Though worthy of the meme in itself, SpaceX’s mention of Mars autonomy highlights the company’s intense focus on reaching the red planet in the coming years.
“For the Services provided for, on or in orbit around the planet Earth or the Moon, these Terms and any dispute between us arising out of or relating to these Terms, Including disputes relating to arbitration (“Dispute”) will be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California in the United States. For Services provided on Mars or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonial spacecraft, the parties recognize Mars as a free planet and no government on Earth has authority or sovereignty over activities on Mars. Accordingly, the Dispute will be resolved through the principles of self-governance, established in good faith, at the time of settlement on Mars, ”noted SpaceX.
In a way, “Dishy McFlatface” and the Terms of Reference for use of Starlink on Mars are the perfect trademarks for Elon Musk and his private space business. Anyway, Musk is quite open about the idea of using Starlink satellites to establish internet connections on Mars. Of course, the project will probably take a few more years, but it’s hard to deny that this idea is quite realistic.