Senior executives of the aerospace company Elon Musk shared an update on Tuesday, a piece of news sure to be welcomed by SpaceX’s army of loyal fans. SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said the massive constellation-based Internet service was ready by September to reach continuous global coverage. Gwynne Shotwell, COO of SpaceX, confirmed today that the company is on track to provide continuous service to customers worldwide in September.
SpaceX will provide global Starlink satellite Internet coverage by September, the president said. SpaceX will be able to beam Starlink satellites around the world by September this year, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday. To achieve this, its massive constellation-based Internet service must be approved by any country it wants to operate in space, Gwynne Shotwell said.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite Internet unit expects to have full global coverage by September without having to seek regulatory approval, said its president Gwynne Shotwell Tuesday. Internet service providers from every corner of the world will be among SpaceX’s competitors by September of this year, SpaceX said in its StarLink satellite arm. The company is on track to get the service online in a few months. Shotwell, who is also president of SpaceX Starlink, said the company has 1,800 satellites that will be able to provide continuous coverage.
SpaceX still needs regulatory approval to provide telecommunications services. The Federal Communications Commission of the US has authorized SpaceX to launch up to 12,000 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. Each Starlink satellite is an internet unit and SpaceX has launched around 1,800 satellites into space, and when they approach orbit, they will be ready to provide the Internet.
SpaceX launched hundreds of satellites into orbit last year. In May, the company announced that it had received more than 500,000 orders for satellite Internet services. The company intends to place 12,000 satellites in orbit, up from the 2,000 satellite launches this year.
The company said millions of people had already pre-ordered the Starlink service. Starlink currently offers a beta service in 11 countries, including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. Shotwell said the company plans to deploy 12,000 satellites at $10 billion at a total cost of 10 billion and offer service in those countries, he said.
SpaceX intends to provide satellite Internet connections to underserved areas of the planet and provide low-cost services to urban areas. In February 2021, Musk said Starlink satellites will travel in 25 orbital aircraft grouped at 53 degrees north and south of the equator. The satellites will launch on Starship, a SpaceX development rocket capable of launching up to 400 satellites into space simultaneously.
The company has said that positive cash flow from the sale of satellite Internet services will be necessary to fund its Mars plans. Elon Musk’s Starlink aims to reach full operational capacity globally by September after seeking regulatory approval, according to a statement from company president Gwynne Shotwell on Tuesday and an initial report by Reuters. The claim is risky, but potential Starlink users will have to manage their expectations and work with regulators in the countries concerned to halt the local rollout.
According to Starlink president Gwynne Shotwell, the dream of ubiquitous satellite broadband is almost a reality. Speaking at the Bank of Australia’s technology conference, Shotwell said global coverage would be achieved by September. At the time of this writing, Elon Musk’s Starlink aims to lift 12,000 satellites to a cost of $10 billion into low earth orbit (LEO) to provide high-speed broadband Internet beta services in 11 countries, Shotwell added in a statement of the company’s president in an initial report by Reuters.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are seen in the sky on April 21, 2020, from Svendborg, southern Funen, Denmark. Speaking at the Technology Conference of Australian Banks, Starlink president Gwynne Shotwell said continued global coverage would be achieved once SpaceX’s satellites reach optimum orbit in three months. Each Starlink satellite is equipped with a single solar array and a Krypton-powered ion thruster to push the satellites into orbit.
Once the new satellite clusters reach their intended orbits, they will begin to send signals to the terminals of users on Earth. Many countries around the world will, subject to approval by Shotwell, share Starlink rays for the Starlink Internet service, currently in 11 countries.
Starlink connects its satellites not only with mobile phones but also with constellations such as Iridium, GlobalStar, Thuraya, and Inmarsat. Starlink connects a flat user terminal the size of a pizza box to a series of tiered antennas that track the satellites.