Starlink , Elon Musk’s project that aims to offer satellite Internet, could start serving before the end of the year.
The project, developed by SpaceX , aims to provide broadband Internet with low latency and worldwide coverage at low cost, mainly so that rural areas have access to the connection.
Starlink development started in 2015 and the first prototypes were released in February 2018.
The launch of the first 60 satellites took place in May 2019, it was even thought that it was a UFO sighting , but no, after spreading rumors, it was finally known that they were Elon Musk’s satellites .
In the same way, SpaceX , what Starlink is looking for , is that it can provide connectivity to inaccessible areas of the planet, as well as provide a service at competitive prices for urban areas.
However, it seems that, since 2015, we finally have more certainty about the project. Elon Musk posted on Twitter that 420 satellites have already been launched to operate in orbit.
“There are already 420 Starlink satellites operating,” said the magnate.
There are now 420 operational Starlink satellites 🛰 😉— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 22, 2020
Before the publication of Elon Musk , a netizen questioned the billionaire about the coverage of the service. The businessman replied that a private beta version would start in three months and the public beta is scheduled to take place in six months.
How many Starlink launches needed until minor/moderate coverage? Are you still targeting service in the US & Canada by end of this year?— Viv 🐉 (@flcnhvy) April 23, 2020
This means that the deployment would not be final. In fact, Starlink would begin to provide service for high latitudes; that is, those areas near the pole and far from the equator.
For now, it is unknown when the project would finally start in its entirety, but at least it is already known that the year 2020 will be the first to carry out tests to verify its operation.
We can only be patient and wait for more information to be provided.