SpaceX’s Starlink Could Provide Global Internet Coverage By September
Starlink, the satellite internet constellation created by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, plans to deploy 12,000 satellites in total, with an estimated cost of $10 billion.
On Tuesday, Starlink’s president Gwynne Shotwell said that by September, SpaceX will be able to beam down Starlink satellite broadband to the entire globe, with around 1,8000 satellites already deployed. By mid-2027, SpaceX hopes to have launched around 42,000 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit. However, president Shotwell has said that SpaceX will need to receive regulatory approval before it can operate in any given nation. Starlink’s beta is already operational in 11 different countries, including parts of Europe, the US, and New Zealand. It is hoped that Starlink’s global broadband could allow more poor and rural areas to access quick and reliable internet.
Back in May, Elon Musk said that over 500,000 people had already placed an order or put down a deposit for Starlink. It currently costs $99 per month with an additional $499 cost for the kit, which includes the required WiFi router, a tripod, and a terminal to connect to the Starlink satellites.
Users can expect internet speeds of up to 209.17 megabits per second once the service has been introduced globally.