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SpaceX is already providing Starlink broadband internet service in the United States and abroad to over 10,000 users and is now accepting preorders of the service via Starlink.com. The company operates around 1,145 internet-beaming satellites in low Earth orbit and plans to launch thousands more to provide service globally. SpaceX officials said they expect to achieve ‘moderate near-global’ internet coverage before this year ends. The company primarily targets to connect rural communities and remote areas where terrestrial internet infrastructure does not exist. Starlink does not rely on traditional copper cables nor fibre-optic cables that are expensive to install because it requires a massive infrastructure cost to lay down hundreds of miles of cables to connect remote areas. Starlink satellite internet will close the data gap where traditional internet service providers are not capable of serving. Satellites are capable of beaming connection everywhere on Earth.
A Reddit user who goes by the name of ‘Wolf Lodge,’ tested Starlink at a off-grid cabin located in a remote area in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains. Their cabin is built at a 10,725 feet (ft) elevation, they shared a video of the Starlink dish set-up atop the hill with a beautiful view towards the snow covered mountains, video linked below. They were impressed that the Starlink network was capable of providing high-speed internet connection. It enabled them to play a YouTube video smoothly, with zero buffering. – “I cannot believe this is a reality. Internet at 10,725ft elevation in my off grid cabin. Thank you Starlink team, you are truly changing the world,” they wrote. SpaceX says users can expect data speeds varying from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s [megabits per second] and latency ranging from 20ms to 40ms [milliseconds] in most locations over the next several months as they enhance the Starlink system.
I cannot believe this is a reality. Internet at 10,725ft elevation in my off grid cabin. Thank you starlink team, you are truly changing the world. from r/Starlink
The phased-array dish antenna also features the capability to melt snow. The antenna has a “Snow Melt Mode” when in use the “Starlink [dish] produces additional heat to mitigate signal attenuation caused by snow build-up on the face of the user terminal,” SpaceX said. Early Starlink users have shared via social media that the dish does a great job at melting snow, shown in the photo below. SpaceX says the dish features technology more advanced than what is currently in use by military jets. In fact, Starlink has been tested in the cockpit of United States Air Force aircraft, the service provided connection 'one hundred times faster' than other services, according to SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.
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