SpaceX is launching another rocket today, with today’s payload containing more Starlink Satellites that will deliver high-speed internet around the globe.
The mission is to blanket the globe with internet coverage, thanks to a matrix of thousands of satellites, delivering connectivity to regional and rural parts of the world that traditionally have terrible internet. This would also advance connectivity on non-perminant structured like cruise ships, assuming you want to cruise again at some time in the future.
During the live stream for today’s latest launch, we got some extra information about recent testing of the Startlink service, by SpaceX employees.
Starlink has confirmed they are able to deliver low-latency. We don’t yet have any detail on how many ms of latency we can expect, however we do now know what download speeds are possible. SpaceX confirmed that download speeds of 100Mbps+ were achieved on Starlink.
These speeds are particularly relevant to Australia’s internet landscape that sees much of our country suffer from 2nd class internet speeds. Starlink has the opportunity to change that considerably and deliver a more universal level of service to Australians and the world.
While launching thousands of satellites into space certainly isn’t cheap, Starlink could be the first truly global internet provider. This means they could distribute the cost across a much larger user-base than traditional ISPs. The cost per month, per user (or household) from Starlink could arrive at significantly lower costs and in many places, at better speeds.
Communication between multiple Starlink satellites is also being tested, with ‘Space Lasers’ having recently transferred hundreds of gigabytes of data.
The latest launch included an additional 60 satellites, adding to more than 700 satellites solar-powered satellites already deployed.
Thankfully today’s launch went well and once again, SpaceX landed the booster on the drone ship, ‘Of course I still love you’. This is the second use of this booster, an important aspect of making launches more affordable.
You can get more information at Starlink.com