Back 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 summer, SpaceX put 120 satellites into space to test out its internet service. Today SpaceX will launch 60 additional small low earth orbit satellites into space as it builds to its goal of a worldwide high-speed internet service. This means SpaceX will soon have 180 satellites in space to offer its home internet service.
SpaceX recently told the FCC that it could start offering high-speed internet before the start of the 2020 hurricane season. SpaceX only plans to have about a hundred satellites launched when it goes live in parts of the United States. The 30,000 additional satellites will help SpaceX expand worldwide and support the growing demand it expects for the service.
Back in October 2019, SpaceX successfully sent a tweet from space. Elon Musk posted the first tweet using SpaceX’s new Starlink home internet service via low Earth orbit satellites. This was the first public test for what SpaceX plans to be – a worldwide internet service from space.
Exactly 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 has also said they plan to offer high-speed internet in North America sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.
You can watch SpaceX’s 9 AM Eastern Starlink launch live on YouTube here:
For now, cord cutters will have to wait to learn more about these new services, but the hope is we may soon have a new internet option that is not from a cable or phone company.
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