Anything associated with the name “Elon Musk” creates some sort of curiosity among people. One of those projects is Starlink. Starlink is a division of Elon’s spaceflight agency SpaceX. However, it’s a constellation of orbital satellites.
WHAT IS STARLINK ANYWAY?
Starlink has been launching satellites into orbits. However, it does so to provide high speed broadband internet to users. In fact, its main goal is to provide internet to areas where internet has been a rare sight. It’s attempting to sell internet to everyone around the world. It’s using a growing network of private satellites. Those satellites are orbiting around the earth. However, SpaceX launches these satellites into space.
HOW MANY SATELLITES HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED BY STARLINK?
According to stats, the project has seen some thousand satellites being launched into space in January 2021. These thousand satellites almost provide the internet to 10,000 customers. In 2021, SpaceX launched as many as 60 satellites from Kennedy Space Centre. However, they used the relaunchable Falcon 9 for this project.
HOW FAST CAN INTERNET BE?
According to the official website, the speed may vary between 50-100 Megabits per second. In fact, it’s now available in northern United States, some parts of the UK and also some parts of Canada. It will still take 10,000 satellites to achieve its primary to provide internet globally.
DRAWBACKS OF STARLINK:
Every great thing has its setbacks. So does Starlink. Astronomical societies are upset with this project. Because they think that it obstructs the path of their observation of deep space. This can actually be true. Because those shining satellites can come in the way of an astronomer who is gazing deep into the night skies through his or her telescope.
Check this article of ours where we have discussed this issue in more detail.
But let’s see how this Starlink project carries out in its future endeavors. Can everyone around the globe get the benefits of it? Only time will tell.