How does Space Xs Starlink work

Internet from space: SpaceX plans to start beta tests this year

Elon Musk's space company SpaceX not only wants to transport people into space and later fly to Mars, they also want to supply the earth with Internet, via Starlink. There are now more than 400 satellites in orbit, and a first test is due to start soon. The Starlink project is anything but undisputed, because many fear that it will be space junk in the long term, astronomers worry about their undisturbed view of the stars. SpaceX has just launched 60 more Starlink satellites into space, the total of around 400 are just the beginning, at some point 12,000 of them will be in orbit.

The first beta test is in preparation

However, according to Elon Musk, a number of units has currently been reached that enables this solution to be beta tested for the first time. According to this, a private beta will start in about three months, and a public test phase will then start in about half a year.

The current 400 satellites are of course anything but a global network, so it will not be possible to take part in this test program everywhere. Musk said the beta will be possible in northern latitudes. The Tesla and SpaceX boss was asked by a user on Twitter whether Germany was "high enough", which Musk also answered in the affirmative. This means that large parts of Europe and North America can take part in the Starlink test - at least in theory.

Starlink's plan is to provide cheap internet, also or especially in regions where there are currently poor connections, if at all. If this works as hoped, then the 12,000 mini-satellites could also be the beginning. Because in the long term SpaceX wants to send 42,000 units into space, at least that is shown by applications that the company has already submitted.

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Communication, satellite, Spacex, StarlinkMarco Langbroek
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