According to CEO, and Chief Engineer at SpaceX, Elon Musk, Starlink was on track to provide global internet coverage. Starlink has over 70,000 users across 12 countries, currently.
- Elon Musk underlined; SpaceX is ready to spend about $30 billion to expand Starlink in a bid to cover 5 lakh user-mark in next 12 months.
- Startlink will provide an internet network “everywhere except the poles.
- Startlink uses SpaceX’s satellite power to provide broadband internet service. It uses 1,500 SpaceX satellites in lower orbit currently but Elon Musk has planned to increase the numbers to 12,000.
The high-speed, low latency broadband internet which delivers initial beta service globally. The satellite internet constellation, constructed by SpaceX to provide satellite Internet access across the world. Internet constellation comprises of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit. These satellites communicate with designated ground transceivers. The cost of project to design, build and deploy constellation was estimated to be at least $10 billion.
SpaceX satellite development facility
The SpaceX satellite development facility has been established in Redmond, Washington to house Starlink research, development, manufacturing and orbit control teams.
The Development of product was started in the year 2015. Two of its prototype test-flight satellites were launched in February 2018. In May 2019, more test satellites and 60 operational satellites were deployed.
SpaceX can launch up to 60 satellites in one go. It aims to deploy 1,584 of 260 kilogram spacecraft to provide near-global service by late 2021 or 2022. It started a private beta service in Northern US in August 2020 and public beta in October 2020.
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