In early 2019, 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. Over the last year, SpaceX put 180 satellites into space to test its Internet service. Today, SpaceX will make its 5th launch with 60 more satellites ifor their new home Internet service, meaning SpaceX will soon have 300 home Internet service satellites in space. SpaceX had hoped to launch these satellites last week but it was delayed because of the weather.
This puts SpaceX one step closer to having an Internet service live in time for summer 2020 when it hopes to have the network live in North America.
How much will SpaceX Internet service cost? We still don’t know for sure, but earlier this year at SXSW SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said it would be “low cost.” Exactly how low is unknown, but reports are that SpaceX hopes to make its Internet service extremely competitive. SpaceX also plans to offer high speed Internet in North America sometime in early 2020.
SpaceX is not the only company working on a new home Internet service. Amazon and others are also working to launch satellites to offer high speed Internet. Soon you may have several new options for home Internet.
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