The Satellite internet unit of SpaceX, Starlink, aspires to provide continuous global coverage by September this year. Starlink currently offers beta services in 11 countries. US Communications Commission approved the deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit. According to CEO Elon Musk, the company had received more than 500,000 preorders. Starlink is planning to deploy 12000 satellites which will cost 10 bn dollars.
Google won the deal of providing cloud computing services to Elon Musk owned SpaceX, which recently launched 60 satellites to give high-speed internet. Ground stations of SpaceX will be set up in Google data centers to connect Starlink satellite. The low latency high-speed internet service is expected to start in the H2 of 2021. Musk hopes that these hundreds of internet-providing satellites will generate enough revenue to support SpaceX’s interplanetary goals.
On Sunday SpaceX Falcon9 was launched that carried 60 Starlink satellites to space and made a successful 10th landing. It’s the first time that SpaceX has launched their 229 foot tall Falcon9 rocket twice in the same week. Launched at 6.42 GMT from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marked their 14th launch of the year. After 9 minutes of liftoff, the first stage of the rocket returned to earth.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite high-speed internet service has received over 500,000 preorders and sees no technical difficulty meeting the demand. Founder Elon Musk, in a Tweet, said “the only limitation is a high density of users in urban areas.” The new launch date of the service is yet to be announced. The commercial Starlink services were supposed to start in 2020. SpaceX plans to deploy 12,000 satellites at the cost of roughly $10 bn to enter into the competitive space.