Residents of big cities have become accustomed to high — speed Internet with computers and smartphones you can easily watch movies and spend time in online games. But in some rural areas people can’t even read the news and watch the weather forecast because they either do not have access to the Internet or it is too expensive. The solution to this problem in 2015 started founded by Elon Musk (Elon Musk), the company SpaceX. She launched the project Starlink, in which orbit will be launched on 12 000 satellites for Internet distribution to the most remote corners of our planet. At the moment the company has already launched the 500 companions, so in the next few months, some people will be able to use the new satellite Internet you need only to request.
Be one of the first users of satellite Internet Starlink can be putting on the official website the your e-mail address and postcode. The company will reveal among those wishing the most suitable for user testing based on the area of their residence. In his Twitter Elon Musk announcedthat the first testers of satellite Internet will be the residents of the city of Seattle, Washington. Then to test the new technology users will be able from Germany, and at the end of the year is expected to launch in North America.
The price of satellite Internet
For receiving signals from satellites to users on the network Starlink will have to buy a special satellite dish. They were spotted at the SpaceX plant in the U.S. state of Texas. Their cost is still unknown but, according to foreign sources, such equipment costs from $ 5,000. It may well be that companies will have to develop less expensive plates, so they could get everyone.there are reports that Starlink one satellite can transmit signals at 1200 satellite antennas. Each antenna will be able to connect hundreds of devices. In theory, residents of the small settlements will be able together to buy one equipment at all that is not so expensive.
Speed satellite Internet
If we consider that the combination of all satellites Starlink will be able to serve 14.3 million satellite antennas, so each antenna would stand out approximately 1 Gigabit per second. That is, each user connected to the common plate will have an Internet connection with a speed of about 10-15 megabits per second. These conclusions, at least, came from foreign journalists. It is believed that the Starlink Internet can not only provide Internet in remote areas of our planet, but will take advantage of the popularity among fans of online games , the latency (ping) is only 30 milliseconds.
However, to cover so a large audience, companies need to orbit our planet more satellites for this purpose, the boosters of the Falcon 9, inside which is placed 60 satellites , weighing from 100 to 500 pounds. A fresh batch was sent on 13 June 2020 and, if all goes according to plan and launches will be successful, by 2021 satellite Internet Starlink will work throughout the world.
The safety of satellites
Many scientists are concerned that the thousands of satellites up to theof 1325 km from the surface of our planet, would interfere with space research. The fact that these satellites reflect the sunlight and make near-earth space bright. And to explore the stars using ground-based telescopes it is very important that the sky was dark as possible. To solve this problem, the company SpaceX has equipped a pair of satellites with mirrors that would reflect sunlight back. At the moment the technology is being tested, but if it can reduce light pollution, future models of satellites will also be equipped with reflective elements.