The official website of Starlink has been updated with a newsletter that promises to provide information about a future beta test. THE SpaceX it has about 540 satellites in low Earth orbit that promise to provide low latency internet to the entire world. The company, founded by Elon Musk, plans to launch commercially in the US and Canada later this year; the service would be expanded to more countries in 2021.
“Starlink was designed to provide high-speed broadband internet in places where access is unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable,” explains SpaceX. “Private beta testing is expected to begin later this summer [terceiro trimestre], followed by the public test, starting at higher latitudes. ”
Users who provide the zip code (ZIP code) will be contacted by email “if beta testing opportunities are available in your area”. You can access the Starlink’s official website at this link.
Starlink may have 1 Gb / s internet and low latency
SpaceX told the FCC, an American agency equivalent to Anatel, that Starlink will begin offering its services commercially in the northern United States and southern Canada as early as 2020, “and then will rapidly expand to almost global coverage of populated areas in 2021. ”.
According to SpaceX, the download will reach speeds of up to 1 Gb / s. AND Musk promises that Starlink’s internet is going to rival terrestrial services: in March, he stated that the network “is targeting latency below 20 milliseconds, so someone could play a fast response game at a competitive level”. However, the FCC requires the company to prove these latency levels in order to release US government funding.
SpaceX is the largest satellite operator in the world, with about 540 Starlink units in orbit; the eighth space launch took place last weekend. Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer, SpaceX, promises to launch the service “More publicly” after the 14th launch, with around 840 satellites.
Musk waits that the first public beta tests start around October.