Elon Musk says Starlink will offer a private beta for a global internet service in about three months and start offering a public beta service in 6 months.
Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ~6 months, starting with high latitudes
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2020
The SpaceX Starlink system will not have any competition for low altitude and low latency satellite service for many years. The nearest competitor, OneWeb, went bankrupt a few weeks ago.
The Starlink system is about 80 times closer to the Earth. Lasers travel faster in a vacuum than through fiber. This means for low latency service Starlink will be superior to any communication system for distances greater than 2000 miles.
The satellite receiver will need to be able track the low earth orbit satellites and shift to a different satellite. The satellites will be about 30 times farther than the altitude of a commercial passenger jet and they will be moving about 30 times faster. The apparent motion of the satellites relative to people on the ground will be like watching an airplane track across the sky.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2020
SOURCES- Elon Musk Twitter, SpaceX
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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