Earlier this year, SpaceX received approval to launch 12,000 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites, enabling the company to sell home Internet. To test out the system, SpaceX put 120 satellites into space.
SpaceX is hoping to have a home Internet service that will not only cover the United States but soon the world.
Want to try out this new Internet from SpaceX? Here is what you need to know:
When will SpaceX start selling home Internet?
According to a recent FCC filing, SpaceX says if their changes are approved, SpaceX could start offering high-speed Internet before the start of the 2020 hurricane season.
“This adjustment will accelerate coverage to southern states and U.S territories, potentially expediting coverage to the southern continental United States by the end of the next hurricane season and reaching other U.S. territories by the following hurricane season,” SpaceX said in their FCC filing.
What will SpaceX charge for home Internet?
We still don’t know for sure, but earlier this year at SXSW SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said it would be “low cost.” Reports are that SpaceX hopes to make their Internet service extremely competitive. SpaceX has also said they plan to offer high-speed Internet in North America sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
How fast will SpaceX Internet be?
SpaceX has not put any numbers to the speed of the Internet but they have promoted it as being far faster than current Internet services. This comes from using a network of low earth orbit satellites that will offer a faster Internet experience.
For now, that is all we know but SpaceX is still targeting a 2020 launch of the service in North America. Hopefully, soon Americans will have one more option for home Internet.