Hot out of her record crewed mission to the ISS, SpaceX celebrates another milestone. The aerospace company has received more than 500,000 orders for its Starlink satellite internet service. SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj revealed the latest figure during the launch webcast of his 26th Starlink mission on May 4 (aka Star Wars Day), which put 60 other high-speed Internet satellites into orbit. Overall, the company has delivered more than 1,500 Starlink satellites to date, making it the largest constellation of satellites in the world, according to CNBC.
Understandably, Elon Musk shared a tweet for the occasion, although he was unusually without a meme. Instead, the founder of SpaceX described some of the technical hurdles Starlink could face as it seeks to expand its network.
“The only limitation is the high user density in urban areas. Most likely, every initial 500,000 will receive service. More of a challenge when we get into the multi-million user range,” Musk said. .
The latest update should make it easy for Starlink to cross the 10,000 users reported in February following the launch of a public beta of its service at $ 99 per month. That same month, the company also started accepting pre-orders, charging a deposit of $ 99 and $ 499 for its hardware kit that includes a Wi-Fi router and satellite dish, plus extras for shipping and taxes. He noted in the fine print that pre-orders were fully refundable and that “placing a deposit does not guarantee service.”
The only limitation is the high density of users in urban areas. Most likely, every initial 500,000 will receive a service. More of a challenge when we get into the multi-million user range.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 4, 2021
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