SpaceX aims to connect rural communities around the globe to reliable satellite internet. The aerospace company is in the process of deploying thousands of Starlink satellites to orbit where each will beam broadband internet connection down to Earth. "With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable," the company states.
SpaceX currently operates approximately 960 Starlink satellites and plans to launch at least 120 satellites per month this year. The company is offering service to select customers living in high-altitudes by invitation only via Starlink.com, however, as more satellites are deployed to orbit SpaceX will increase its capability to provide Starlink internet to more customers worldwide. As of today, SpaceX has customers living in rural communities located in Canada, northern United States, and even the United Kingdom, according to social media users who have purchased the service. The company is also working alongside the U.S. government to provide free Starlink service to school districts and households in rural areas that cannot afford the service. Read more: SpaceX will provide Starlink Internet to Virginia’s Wise County School District and Rural Community.
To receive internet from the satellites in space customers purchase a Starlink Kit that includes a phased-array antenna dish, mounting tripod, and Wi-Fi router device. SpaceX says the technology these devices feature is more advanced than what is currently on fighter jets. SpaceX priced the equipment at $499 USD, with a monthly service fee of $99 USD. Long-term, Starlink customers will be supporting SpaceX’s ultimate mission to develop the Starship fleet that will enable humanity to colonize Mars.
This week, Julia DeWahl who works at SpaceX announced the company is hiring at its Starlink division. “The SpaceX Starlink team is gearing up for a big 2021! Starlink is a game changer for worldwide access to the economic & educational opportunities of high-speed Internet,” DeWahl wrote, “It’s an amazing time to get on board & we are hiring. DM [direct message] me if you’re interested!,” she announced via Twitter, linked below.
The @SpaceX Starlink team is gearing up for a big 2021!— Julia DeWahl (@juliadewahl) December 31, 2020
Starlink is a game changer for worldwide access to the economic & educational opportunities of high-speed Internet.
It’s an amazing time to get on board & we are hiring. DM me if you’re interested!
Open roles:👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/3FRMlF5PGI
DeWahl shared a couple of job applications. SpaceX Starlink is searching for a Country Launch Manager and a Growth Manager – “job description coming soon! DM me to learn more,” she said. Starlink is also looking to hire Software Engineers “both the Consumer & Constellation teams,” she added, as well as a Director of Sales and Customer Support Manager. If you are interested the job applications are linked below.
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