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Elon Musk’s Starlink project, which aims to provide global broadband connectivity via a constellation of satellites, has shipped 100,000 terminals to customers.
Well, it is not a big surprise for all of us that SpaceX has managed to accelerate its Star-link service so quickly, as the company launches the satellites itself on the Falcon 9 Rocket. Such integration is a key strategy of the space company and now it is considered one of the highest-valued in the world.
It’s an unexpected pace for the capital-intensive service, which began the journey of satellites in November 2019 and opened its &99/month beta program for chosen customers around a year later. Until that period SpaceX has launched more than 1,700 satellites to date and in addition to the 100,000 shipped terminals has received over half a million additional orders for the services.
A lot of Starlink’s beta clients reside in distant or rural areas, the place entry to standard broadband is proscribed or nonexistent. Prospects pay a $499 upfront value for the service, which covers starter equipment to get them off the bottom including a starter kit to get them off the ground, a user terminal, a Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables, and a mounting tripod.
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The company ultimately wants to launch around 30,000 Star-link satellites into orbit and expand its user pool to millions of customers. In an application for the next generation Star-link system, submitted to the Federal Communication Commission on August 18, 2021, SpaceX proposed two separate configurations for the constellation, one of which would use its next-gen Starship heavy-lift rocket.
The constellation would reach an upper limit at 29,988 satellites in total. SpaceX also proposed an alternate arrangement using its Falcon 9 rocket. But the vivid advantage of Starship is its massive-sized payload capacity.
SpaceX has found ways to grip the advanced capabilities of its new launch vehicle, Starship that has immensely increased the capability to deliver more mass to orbit quickly and efficiently and joined with reuse capability of the upper stage and launch more often.