Using over 500 Starlink broadband satellites that are already in orbit, SpaceX plans to roll out its technology to users. The company began searching for beta users to test the technology. On the SpaceX website, you can now apply to become the first user of the service. “Get information about Starlink news and the availability of the service in your area,” the report says.
After registration, users will receive a special email. “Starlink is designed to provide high-speed broadband Internet in places where access was unreliable, expensive, or none at all. Private beta testing is expected to begin this summer, followed by public beta testing. We will start from higher latitudes, ”the company said.
The last batch of 58 satellites was launched by Starlink into low Earth orbit on June 13, bringing their total to 540. This is enough for “little coverage”, but, according to Mask, 800 satellites will make this coverage “moderate”. The company already has permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch up to 30 thousand satellites.
Earlier, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he had “serious doubts” about whether SpaceX would be able to provide communications services in rural areas of the United States. The official noted that they will not be able to meet the requirements of the federal subsidy program for delivering Internet to remote areas.
Starlink is the next-generation satellite network that can provide Earth’s inhabitants with broadband Internet access. The project began in February 2018. In total, it is planned to launch about 12 thousand satellites. The global goal is to provide high-speed Internet access to the entire population of the planet.