Soon SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk’s plans of providing the world with high speed internet using satellites in low orbit are going to succeed.
Recently he shared expected duration when the company’s Starlink low-latency, high-bandwidth satellite internet services will be available to customers. He shared on twitter that the firm’s Starlink service will be available to certain locations in six months, with private beta in just three.
His long-term plan is to bring internet to rural communities and to provide high-speed data to just about every corner of the globe.
To fulfill this goal company requires about 40,000 satellites. SpaceX has been launching satellites into space for months. For launching the project he requires at least 400 satellites. They have already sent 422 of them in to space.
How it is going to work:
Basically Starlink is a constellation internet service, where small satellites flying around the Earth’s orbit provide internet access. These satellites fly in low orbit around the Earth, passing off connection between one another. But flying in lower orbit provides latency and speed benefits.
Unlike geostationary communication satellites, they don’t remain stationary with respect to Earth. That is why such large numbers of them are required to provide consistent connectivity.