Elon Musk announces the launch date of the Starlink satellite network for the Internet


September 20, 2021 10:36 GMT

The beta version of the project has been running for over a year and is currently active in twelve countries.

SpaceX’s Starlink project, which seeks to provide global coverage of low-cost broadband satellite Internet, may be out of its beta period and officially launched in October, according to company founder and CEO, Elon Musk.

Responding to a question from a Twitter user about when Starlink will be out of its beta phase, Musk replied Friday: Next month.

Starlink beta has been around for over a year and is currently active in dozens of countries. Limited to North America and some areas of Europe, Chile, Australia and New Zealand. According to the gate EngadgetThe network’s planned expansion currently includes Mexico and Japan, but SpaceX has also registered subsidiaries in the Philippines and South Africa.

As for Musk’s estimates of launching the project sometime in October, experts are skeptical due to the frequent delays his projects often experience, mainly due to technical issues. However, in June SpaceX ad which will reach global coverage by September once it has been able to put about 1,800 satellites into ‘operational orbit’, and they are currently 1791 satellites It’s published, a number that makes your CEO’s accounts likely.

With the goal of covering the entire planet and making it available to everyone, Starlink launched in mid-2019 and uses a growing constellation of low-Earth orbiting satellites and a satellite dish on Earth to transmit the Internet connection. Its data speed can help bridge the technology gap in underserved rural areas, where traditional internet access is unavailable or is too slow.

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Similarly, SpaceX is also exploring the use of its satellite network to provide internet on planes, partner with airlines, and in any other class of vehicles.

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