FP TrendsJune 24, 2020 1:52:32 PM IST
SpaceX offers interested people the opportunity to beta test their recently launched Starlink satellites.
According to a report in ZDNet, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said the company needs about 400 Starlink satellites to provide “minor” coverage and 800 for “moderate” coverage.
The report mentions that Starlink’s initial mega-constellation will have 12,000 satellites.
The website now invites enthusiasts to “Get updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area,” by completing a form to enter an email address and zip code.
Prospective customers will need to request updates to access the public beta test of the Starlink service. If a user is invited to beta, they can expect to get a user terminal with a flat disk antenna that will self-target to get the best satellite signals.
According to a report in Hypebeast, once a person has signed up, a reply email thanks them for their interest in Starlink and adds: “Private beta testing is expected to start later this summer, followed by public beta testing, starting at higher latitudes.” .
The email says, “If you provided us with your zip code, you will be notified by email if beta testing opportunities are available in your area.”
A Decipher report He says that while Starlink’s initial goal is to serve areas with poor internet connectivity, Musk plans to provide low-cost internet services to urban areas as well.
He mentions that the satellite platform promises speeds of one gigabit per second.
On June 13, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 58 StarLink satellites and three Earth observation spacecraft SkySat from Planet Labs. The ‘Starlink-8 mission’ was SpaceX’s eighth flight to launch its Internet satellites into its Starlink constellation. The mission concluded the placement of 540 satellites into orbit by SpaceX.
Along with satellites that provide the Internet, SpaceX also launched three high-resolution Earth observation spacecraft from Planet Labs.
Also read: Pre-dawn launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 leaves a rainbow colored sky; images go viral on social media
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