Elon Musk is planning to change the way the internet works forever. At least that’s what he hopes with the development of the Starlink satellite internet project.
The proposal made by Spacex, a company led by Musk, was released to the media in January 2015.
At that time, the project did not have a specific name, but it did have an established plan.
Your initial plan? Launch 4,000 satellites into low earth orbit.
- Elon Musk says he already has enough satellites to launch a public test of his internet service
- This proposal would be the culmination of five years of testing Spacex’s Satellite Internet.
- The first 60 Starlink satellites were launched into space in 2019; moderate coverage will be achieved until 800 satellites have come into operation
Elonk Musk has become in recent years a technological benchmark. His advances and innovations in space have left more than one surprised, but the creator of Tesla has big plans.
One of them is related to the conquest of space, whether through space vehicles, satellites, manned travel or other types of technologies.
Today, its conquest is translated in terms of satellite internet.
Speaking in 2015, Musk stated at a Seattle press conference that “We are talking about something that is, in the long run, a kind of reconstruction of the internet in space”;
Initially, Musk’s plan was related to the vision of colonization in Mars by Spacex.
To this end, the US Federal Communications Commission granted SpaceX permission to put 12,000 satellites into orbit, with the proposal to launch 30,000 in the future.
This is a daunting task, and Musk knows it. In all of history, only 9,999 artificial satellites have been put into orbit, and currently 2,000 of them orbit the earth.
Each satellite Starlink weighs approximately 500 pounds or 227 kilograms. Regarding its size, the Sky & Telescope portal claims that it is relatively small.
The first satellites put into orbit by SpaceX were TinTinA and TinTinB, in 2018. Good news for Musk, at the time, was the success of this launch.
According to initial data, the company asked regulators for permission for its fleet to operate at lower altitudes than originally detailed in the project.
The United States Federal Communications Commission granted this request, and a year later, in May 2019, Spacex’s Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites.
Musk’s intentions have always been clear regarding ‘conquering’ space.
The 60 satellites put into orbit in 2019 reached an operational altitude of 340 miles, or 550 kilometers.
This altitude was low enough for satellites to be pulled to earth by atmospheric force within a few years.
This means that Musk’s long-term plans do not include the generation of atmospheric debris, and once these satellites reach their useful lives, they will be able to return to earth as waste.
Elon Musk and Starlink: the future of the internet
According to information provided by the portal Business Insider, the satellite internet works by reading information that passes through the vacuum of space, where it travels 47% times faster than fiber optic cable.
Satellites currently in orbit use a space vehicle that orbits 22,236 miles, or 35,786 kilometers, above a specific point on planet Earth. Musk’s idea of putting his satellites into low orbit has allowed Starlink to load a greater amount of information more quickly to any point on Earth.
These work even in places that are difficult to access via fiber optics. As Musk explained in 2015, the satellite network known as Starlink will be able to provide less coverage when reaching the launch of 400 space vehicles.
Now, in the middle of 2020, Musk says that Starlink already has enough satellites to launch a beta version of its high-speed internet service. Five years earlier, Musk declared that at this point, Starlink would function in a “significant” way thanks to the launch of 800 satellites.
So far, Starlink has seen better performance in internet service. The tests carried out so far allow us to observe download speeds of between 102 Mbps and 103 Mbps; upload speeds are between 40.5 Mbps and almost 42 Mbps, which, in terms of satellite internet, has great performance.
“Once these satellites reach their target position, we can launch a fairly broad public beta in the northern United States and hopefully southern Canada,” he wrote on the social network twitter.
“Other countries will follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval,” he added.
According to the Argentine newspaper The nation, one of the ultimate goals of SpaceX is to complete the task of putting 40,000 satellites into orbit.
Once you complete this step, you can begin serving the entire planet, which you hope to accomplish in 2021.
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