SpaceX started a very ambitious and useful project back in May 2019, when it launched the first lot of 60 Starlink satellites for providing broadband internet access to remote regions across the world. Meanwhile, the aerospace company sent over 955 Starlink satellites into orbit, and the number will keep growing until around 12,000 satellites.
But how many people will actually benefit from the broadband internet connections offered by Starlink satellites? While the answer to such a question might be uncertain, we’re happy to know that another major conundrum has been solved.
10,000 people are already getting internet from SpaceX’s satellites
SpaceX reveals that over 10,000 people living in the US and abroad are already enjoying internet connectivity through Starlink satellites, according to New York Post. While the company led by Elon Musk aims to provide fast internet to rural areas, the equipment needed for connecting to the network costs $499.
Starlink continues to improve as SpaceX deploys additional infrastructure and capability, averaging two Starlink launches per month, to add significant on-orbit capacity alongside activation of additional gateways to improve performance and expand service coverage areas across the country.
Fetching internet connectivity from Starlink satellites grants speeds of 100 megabits per second.
Despite some warnings claiming that the Earth’s atmosphere would be crowded with satellites and thus making astronomers fail in their attempt to make space observations using telescopes, SpaceX continues to build Starlink satellites at a great rhythm. However, CEO Elon Musk himself said that there’s no use worrying, as space explorations will be just fine even with Starlink satellites orbiting the Earth.
Providing internet connectivity for rural areas through Starlink satellites costs $99 per month, except for the $499 needed for the right equipment. The world sure deserves to be online!