SpaceX Starlink internet prepares for beta users

Sick of being stuck with low internet speeds out in the sticks? Want to free yourself from your low-quality rural cable, DSL, or — you poor devil — modem charges and speeds? SpaceX is finally cracking open the door to its Starlink low-earth orbit (LEO) internet service.

The June 13 launch carried 58 Starlink satellites into space. With this latest launch, there are now 540 Starlink satellites in orbit.

According to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, SpaceX needs about 400 Starlink satellites to provide “minor” coverage and 800 for “moderate” coverage. The initial Starlink mega-constellation will have 12,000 satellites. But that’s far from the end. In late May, SpaceX applied to the FCC to launch as many as 30,000 Starlink satellites.


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