Elon Musk said in a major update that SpaceX’s Starlink service will go global in a couple of months.
ELON MUSK has joyously revealed that his satellite-based broadband service, Starlink, would soon be available to clients all across the world, including the North and South Poles.
With over 1,800 Starlink satellites in orbit, SpaceX is well on its way to offering global broadband. The £7.17 billion ($10 billion) project proposes a massive network of satellites delivering high-speed internet to the surface of the planet. Elon Musk, the South African visionary behind SpaceX, has now revealed that over 69,000 people have already signed up for the service, a figure he describes as “strategically significant.”
The Starlink constellation will include at least 12,000 operational satellites in space once it is completed.
Mr Musk, on the other hand, wants to add 30,000 satellites to the constellation in the coming years.
Starlink satellites orbit the planet at a height of 200 to 400 miles in 72 orbital planes.
Starlink terminals on the ground pick up the signal from the satellites as they pass overhead, providing broadband to consumers.
In principle, Starlink will be able to connect even the most remote corners of the globe to the internet, including the North and South Poles.
A top SpaceX executive indicated earlier this month that Starlink should be ready to go worldwide by September.
“We’ve successfully delivered 1,800 or so satellites, and once all of those satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, so that should be around September timeframe,” SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell said at a Macquarie Group conference.
However, it appears that Mr Musk is pushing ahead with plans to provide full service a month ahead of schedule.
The tech entrepreneur praised Starlink’s recent milestone and gave light on its future in a series of tweets published on Friday.
In August, he said, all of Starlink’s orbital planes will activate.
However, it will be around a half-year before Starlink broadband is available from the North Pole, a trade-off that most SpaceX enthusiasts would gladly accept.
Mr Musk stated, “Last night, Starlink simultaneously active users surpassed the strategically significant threshold of 69,420!”
“All 72 orbital planes activate in August, along with numerous additional enhancements, enabling global coverage, with the exception of the polar regions, which will require another six months,” he continued.
SpaceX fans reacted positively to the news, with over 2,900 people responding to the second tweet.
“Let’s go Elon, we need Starlink ASAP!” someone said.
Brinkwire Summary News: “I’ll purchase it.”