Today on twitter Elon Musk has boosted the signal of Starlink’s upcoming services by stating that, “Several thousand more Starlink beta participation invitations are going out this week” , most likely in the higher latitudes.
Several thousand more Starlink beta participation invitations going out this week— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2020
The launch of the “Better than nothing Beta”, Starlink satellite high bandwidth & low latency internet service provision has been much anticipated by close followers of Starlink/ SpaceX community. A few beta users with coordinates north of Seattle, high latitudes between 44° and 52° North, were selected a few months ago to test out the new service with a device called “Dishy McFlatface” the hardware given and used as part of the program. SpaceX, so far, has launched a total of 895 satellite arrays, on the last Starlink/ SpaceX launch October 24th, as part of the Starlink global program. More satellites, as Starlink aims at a total of 1440 satellites, will be launched this year as coverage needs to be adequate to provide service at lower latitudes as Musk stated on twitter, “Lower latitude states need more satellites in position, so probably January ..”.
Lower latitude states need more satellites in position, so probably January— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2020
Earlier this year Starlink’s website stated, “Private beta testing is expected to begin later this summer, followed by public beta testing, starting with higher latitudes.” “If you provided us with your zip code, you will be notified via email if beta testing opportunities become available in your area.” This should prove quite exciting as many people in areas with poor to little WiFi service options have already seen the benefit of this thorough undertaking by the two conjoined companies, SpaceX & Starlink which is a division of SpaceX, in providing an optional yet thorough global service to underserved areas. You can find the Starlink site here: Starlink.com
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