High-speed broadband internet will be provided by Starlink that avoids the limitation of traditional satellite internet and ground infrastructure.
The Starlink will be available in Northern USA and Canada in 2020 for the public beta and available worldwide in 2021. After the launch of 60 Starlink satellites, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that “once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in the northern US & hopefully southern Canada. Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval.”
The Advantages of Starlink satellite:
A satellite propulsion system equipped with ion thrusters powered by krypton enables the satellite to orbit raise, precise series of movement or deorbit at the end of life.
- Smaller mass more compact Satellite, which allows the use of dense stack provided by Falcon 9.
- Each satellite is equipped with a simplified solar system consisting of a singular solar array.
- Each Satellite is equipped with a Star tracker, which helps keep a precise location that maximizes broadband throughput.
- Each satellite is equipped with 4 powerful phased array antennas.
- Satellite Collision avoidance by using a tracking system.
- Satellite Keep space clean by deorbiting at the end of life; even if the propulsion system becomes inoperable, the satellite will burn in the atmosphere in 1-5 years.
Internet Speed Test
In August, speed tests by beta users found download speeds ranging from 11Mbps to 60Mbps, upload speeds of 5Mbps to 18Mbps, and latencies of 20ms to 94ms. Starlink found it useful for emergency responders in Washington state in areas attacked by wildfire.
On Monday, October 5 at 7:51 a.m. EDT, 11:51 UTC, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.