StarLink Satellite Internet Constellation

The long term goal of StarLInk is to create a comprehensive global communications system that provides high bandwidth, low latency connectivity anywhere in the world. "What we're going to do for satellites is we're going to revolutionize side of things just as we have done on the rocket side of things. In order for us to really revolutionize space, we have to address both satellites and rockets." said SpaceX founder Elon Musk in a 2018 interview.

Since then, SpaceX has launched 540 satellites into low earth orbit, becoming the largest satellite fleet operator.  Each launch typically has approxiamtely 60 satellites. 

StarLinks speeds in military testing have achieved download speeds of 620 Mbps.  The estimated cost of the StarLink constellation is 10 billion US dollars and the pizza box sized end user terminal will cost approximately US$200. 

 

Starlink Satellites
As of April 22, 2020, SpaceX has launched 420 satellites.  The company plans to deploy approximately 12,000 satellites into low earth orbit and has applied to launch 30,000 more.  SpaceX manufactures and launches its satellites on its own rockets, giving them a significant advantage in keeping costs down.

 

Starlink Terminal
According to a January 7, 2020 Tweet, the end user Starlink Terminal "Looks like a thin, flat, round UFO on a stick.  Starlink Terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky.  Instructions are simply:

- Plug in socket

- Point at sky

These instructions work in either order.  No training required."

Not much else is know about the terminal, other than it will retail for US$100 - $300 and has a diameter of 0.48 meters, according to an FCC filing.

 

 

 

Starlink constellation

 

Starlink FAQs


 

When will Starlink internet be available?
Starlink is set to offer service in the US by late 2020.

how much will starlink internet cost?
Retail prices have not yet been released.

How fast will starlink internet be?
So far, testing shows speeds of 620 Mbps with a latency of 30 to 60 milliseconds.

 

 

When is the next Starlink launch date?
The next launch is set before end of June, 2020. Another 60 satellites are set to be launched.  

How can i tell when Starlink satellites will be visable?
Findstarlink.com calculates when you can see the SpaceX Starlink satellites in your area.

Elon Musk Quote


 

“New technology development schedules tend to exhibit a version of Zeno’s Paradox — at any given point, you’re halfway there."

SpaceX Constallation

StarLink News


 

 

Starlink beta could begin within 3 months, according to Elon Musk (DigitalTrends.com, April 25, 2020)

Elon Musk's Internet for Everyone Is Coming Very Soon (popularmechanics.com, April 24, 2020)

Is That A Planet, A Star Or A SpaceX Starlink Satellite? The Stargazing Apps You Need During Lockdown (Forbes.com, April 24, 2020)

Elon Musk's Starlink internet-from-space satellites leave astronomers 'frustrated' (euronews.com, April 23, 2020)

 

How To See A ‘Starlink Train’ From Your Home This Week As SpaceX Satellites Swarm The Night Sky (April 20, 2020)

Elon Musk Wants Taxpayers to Pay for His Starlink Satellites (Nasdaq.com, April 10, 2020)

Some of Musk’s Starlink satellites failing (Advanced-Television.com, April 7, 2020)

Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now 1 million Starlink user terminals OKed for US internet service (zdnet.com, March 24, 2020)

 

The true impact of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation on astronomy is coming into focus (theverge.com, March 24, 2020)

SpaceX Starlink Satellite Internet Update 2020 (reviews.org, March 19, 2020)

SpaceX’s 2020 ambitions tempered by 2019 outcomes (SpaceNews.com, January 3, 2020)

SpaceX Just Launched 60 Starlink Satellites (And Nailed a Milestone Rocket Landing) (Space.com, November 11, 2019)

 

See all Starlink News

 

 

Starlink Videos


 

Starlink Mission Why SpaceX is Making Starlink SpaceX Starlink Satellites Spotted Over Netherlands
STARLINK MISSION WHY SPACEX IS MAKING STARLINK STARLINK SATELLITES SPOTTED OVER THE NETHERLANDS
     
How Will Elon Musk’s Starlink Deliver Internet Around the Globe?    
HOW WILL ELON MUSK'S STARLINK DELIVER INTERNET AROUND THE GLOBE?    

 

Starlink Concerns


 

Two major concerns have emerged as SpaceX continues its launches.  The first is from astronomers and star gazers around the world who have complained the constellation is polluting the night skies.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 


 

 

 

What does this all mean?  If Elon Musks ambitious plan comes to fruition, the constallation could provide much needed interenet access to remote and developing communities around the world.  

 

 

Category Questions

While Starlink is currently beta-testing satellite internet services, the company plans to add Voice over IP as their network expands. The company also wants to include 24-hour battery backups and other useful features to their services. When the company will be able to deliver on these promises is another story. But if we look into what Starlink has planned for the future, it is quite clear that this will be the next big step in the evolution of satellite communications.

Starlink has over 10,000 subscribers in the U.S. and in Canada, but that number is likely to drop if it doesn't get approved for rollout in your area. The company plans to launch its first terminal in July and hopes to have over a million subscribers by the end of the year. For now, however, the company only offers its service via its satellite dish and router, which cost $499 each. Once it is ready, it will require customers to purchase a mountable satellite dish and a router.

Although Starlink is still in its infancy, it has made significant progress. The company released a second-generation home internet satellite dish and explored the idea of in-flight Wi-Fi in passenger aircraft. As of January, it has shipped more than 100,000 satellite internet terminals to customers in 14 countries.

In addition, it also plans to introduce low-income customers a lower-cost internet service. The lifeline program aims to make its services more affordable. These new products will be launched in September. In addition to high-speed internet, it is expected to have satellite phone service.

Starlink is aiming to reach as many people as possible and to build a constellation of satellites for complete global coverage. This is not a small investment. The companies' goal is to provide affordable internet access for everyone, but the costs are too high to guarantee a universal service for every single person. We will have to sit tight to see if it can be done.

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