Elon Musk has successfully used Starlink satellites to send some twitter messages.
SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Oct. 22. that SpaceX will start offering broadband service in the United States via its Starlink constellation in mid-2020. SpaceX will have to launch six to eight Starlink satellite launches.
SpaceX needs 24 launches to get global coverage.
Starlink is being tested by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under a program called Global Lightning. SpaceX in December 2018 received a $28 million contract to test over the next three years different ways in which the military might use Starlink broadband services. SpaceX has already demonstrated data throughout of 610 megabits per second in flight to the cockpit of a U.S. military C-12 twin-engine turboprop aircraft.
SpaceX will target consumer service in rural areas that currently have no connectivity and then they will target users who currently have poor and expensive service.
Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019
SOURCES- Twitter, Spacenews
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