SpaceX Starlink Satellite has been successfully launched in the space during the last few months, and now the SpaceX head Elon Musk has asked users to beta-test the internet provided by the mega constellation of Starlink Satellites.
The Starlink Satellite constellation promises to provide internet to the users from anywhere on the planet with its 500 satellites in the earth’s orbit.
SpaceX announces Trials As Users Asked For Beta Test
The company announced the trials of its services of the space-based internet from the Starlink satellite, starting in a few weeks. The users’ formal invitation was published on the Starlink website, in which users can sign up for the service using their email and zip code.
First Trials Begin Soon
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Reportedly the first trials of Starlink Internet would begin in Germany and Seattle, hinting from the past few tweets made by Elon Musk. Starlink will reportedly launch the trials with beta testing in the northern hemisphere in summer. The users would receive a notification when the tests begin in the area as per the provided Zip Code.
Low-Cost Internet for Everyone, Everywhere
Starlink is a highly promising project by SpaceX. The company aims to provide internet to even the remaining areas of the earth and to cover the digital gaps at the various locations which are still not well connected with the internet. There is primarily no internet access in half of the world with the poor and remote communities. The internet services are weak, not well connected, and highly expensive in such areas.
Commercial Launch At The End of The Year
Reports suggest that in the latter part of 2020, Starlink will have its commercial launch in North America. Elon Musk intends to create a network of thousands of Starlink satellites that would provide better internet service to even the remotest locations of the earth by 2021. T
High-Speed Internet For Rural and Remote Communities
The low-cost internet project is aimed at rural and urban areas and plans to provide a high speed of 1 GBPS with a latency of 30 milliseconds. As per Musk, this is an excellent speed for fast video gaming as compared to the average internet speed of 64 MBPS as in the United Kingdom.
The Stargazers Complain of Light Pollution
However, the plan is not well received by the stargazers as they fear light pollution from the mega constellation, which SpaceX promises to control with the sun shading of the satellites. A lot of SpaceX competitors are also planning to start the Low-earth-Orbit constellation to provide internet, firms like Facebook, Space Norway, and Telesat, to name a few. SpaceX may even launch the competitors’ satellite in orbit with a fee.