Elon Musk’s objective to deliver high-speed satellite Internet to remote areas of the Earth using satellites orbiting in space is getting closer to reality. The CEO has revealed that the satellite Internet project is ready for use.
“The satellite Internet project is ready for public use after the recent launch of the Starlink satellites.” The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk said.
SpaceX transported 60 more satellites into the low Earth orbit this week, making the cumulative number of satellites that have been sent to 800.
The private space company strives to finally launch tens of thousands of Starlink satellites in order to build a constellation that is able to bring high-speed broadband to 99 percent of the inhabited world.
“We’ll be able to roll out a fairly broad public beta in the northern United States, hopefully southern Canada, Once these satellites reach their target location.” Elon Musk said after launch.
“There are more other countries that we can work in once we receive regulatory approval.” He added.
The Starlink network was assessed on a limited scale, delivering the Internet for emergency responders in the United States in the trail of the recent wildfires.
The Washington Department of Emergency Management could prep a Starlink wireless hotspot for inhabitants of Malden last month after 80 percent of the city was razed by fire.
Musk announced at the time that SpaceX was prioritizing crisis services and areas that has no internet connection at all.
The billionaire businessman asserted in April that 800 satellites would be adequate for a significant global coverage, although the speeds would not be anywhere near to the speed of 100 megabits per second which was guaranteed by SpaceX until the network develops.
” Starlink provides high-speed internet to sites where access was unreliable, costly, or completely unavailable, through Performance that far exceeds that of traditional satellite internet, and the global network unconstrained by the constraints of terrestrial infrastructure.” Says a statement from Starlink site.
Users will get a network signal using a personal antenna gadget that functions as a wireless hotspot.
The network has encountered objection from some astronomers, who assert that the long chain of satellites hinders observation and can inhibit scientific progress.
SpaceX has carried out actions to curtail the effect of satellites, and a recent statement from the Satellite Towers Workshop (Satcon1) instructed that no combination of mitigations could totally avert the impacts of satellite trails on the next era of science programs.