SpaceX has successfully launched the latest batch of its Starlink satellites.
Sunday’s launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, brought the total number of Sterlink satellites in low-Earth orbit to more than 600, making it a star large enough for high-speed Internet beams below Earth.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said the firm plan is to launch thousands of Sterlink satellites into low-Earth orbit over the next few years, creating a network capable of splitting broadband into more than 99 percent of the world’s populated areas.
According to the firm’s website, “Performance that has so far surpassed the traditional satellite internet and a global network limited by ground infrastructure, Starlink will provide high-speed broadband internet in places where access was unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable.”
The network is already live in various parts of Canada and North America, where a limited number of users have tested it.
Emergency responders in Washington state set up a free WiFi hotspot for the residents of Malden using the Starlink network, which was destroyed by fire in most of September.
Earlier this month, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said a broader public beta would be possible after its launch in October.
“Once these satellites reach their destination, we will be able to launch a fairly wide public beta in North America and southern Canada,” he tweeted. “Other countries we will follow with regulator approval” “
The possibility of thousands of Starlink satellites entering low-Earth orbit has raised warnings from some astronomers, who claim that their presence could hamper observations and even slow down scientific progress.
SpaceX is currently working with satellite and astronomical firms to determine ways to reduce the impact of satellites. Possible solutions include painting the base of the satellite black and tilting the solar panels to reduce the sun’s reflection.
Hundreds of astronomers named them behind a report from the Satellite Constellation 1 (Satcon 1) workshop in August, saying “no combination of mitigation can completely avoid the effects of satellite trails on the next generation of science programs.”
Concerns with the subsequent Starlink launch on October 21 did not lessen the rollout of Starlink.
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