Starlink's Terms of Service: 'Recognize Mars as a Free Planet'

This is just the early preparation for SpaceX's Mars colony.
Loukia Papadopoulos

SpaceX has started to offer Starlink satellite broadband internet in the northern United States and southern Canada and fans are already starting to notice some strange things in the internet's terms of service.


Both Twitter users Whole Mars Catalog and Jevon shared posts with a part of the new service's terms that force registered users to recognize Mars as a free planet. 

"For Services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonization spacecraft, the parties recognize Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities. Accordingly, Disputes will be settled through self-governing principles, established in good faith, at the time of Martian settlement," SpaceX writes under section nine of the terms.

This is in line with the firm's plan to establish a colony on the Red Planet by 2050 and with comments made before by CEO Elon Musk on what kind of laws the newly inhabited planet would have. 

Last August, the billionaire wrote on Twitter that Mars would be governed by a "Direct democracy. Short, comprehensible laws voted on directly by the people."

And just a week ago SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell gave a TIME interview where he revealed that a Starlink connection would be available on Mars.

“Once we take people to Mars, they’re going to need a capability to communicate,” Shotwell told TIME. “In fact, I think it will be even more critical to have a constellation like Starlink around Mars.”