SpaceX keeps putting Starlink satellites into orbit. Elon Musk’s company has just sent 60 on Tuesday thanks to its Falcon 9 rocket. Ultimately objective: to make very high speed accessible to all via its satellite Internet offer. In the meantime, customers are already jostling at the gate!
Elon Musk intends to generalize very high speed in all corners of our planet. This is the goal of the Starlink project dear to the billionaire. Since 2019, SpaceX has started to launch thousands of satellites into space. And the firm is far from having finished installing its constellation. The aerospace manufacturer has notably just put 60 new Starlink satellites into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket.
Enough to complete the 1,500 satellites already deployed above Earth by SpaceX. The ultimate goal is to eventually launch 12,000 to cover the entire blue planet. In the meantime, Internet users around the world are already at the cleat. “To date, over half a million people have placed an order or deposited a deposit for Starlink”, underlined Siva Bharadvaj the operations engineer of SpaceX on the occasion of the launch of the 26th Starlink mission.
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SpaceX: Starlink may be difficult to deploy in cities
This announcement is a good illustration of the popularity of the Starlink service. However, SpaceX specifies that depositing a deposit does not guarantee taking advantage of the offer. Hence the fact that pre-orders are refundable. To benefit from Starlink, you must be in a serviced area. The service is however supposed to be accessible to all corners of the globe. But it might be difficult to deploy it in densely populated urban areas, admits Elon Musk on Twitter.
Note also that 10,000 people are currently testing a beta version of Starlink, for $ 99 per month. A subscription that comes with the purchase of a Starlink kit (including a Wi-Fi router) at 499 dollars. “During the beta, users can expect to see data speeds ranging from 50MB per second to 150MB / s and latency from 20ms to 40ms at most sites,” SpaceX says on its site.