SpaceX has 500 thousand requests for Starlink service
Company launched SpaceX SpaceX has more than 60 Internet broadband satellites for its Starlink service, just five days after the launch of the last batch.
SpaceX has so far dispatched 420 Starlink satellites since the beginning of March.
The total number of satellites sent so far has reached 1,565, nearly nine times the number of satellites of any other constellation.
SpaceX used the oldest booster from the Falcon 9 model in SpaceX’s operational rocket fleet.
This flight marked the ninth flight of this reusable booster, which debuted in September 2018.
The new launch marked the 100th consecutive successful mission of the Falcon 9 missile without fail in flight.
SpaceX also shared updated figures about its consumer Starlink devices, which are used to send and receive signals from the constellation for broadband service.
Elon Musk said in a tweet: The company has more than 500,000 pre-orders for Starlink satellite internet service, and we do not expect any technical problems in meeting the demand, but the only limitation is the high density of users in urban areas.
He added: The $ 99 deposit that SpaceX has taken for the service is fully refundable.
This strong request helps explain why there is such a large backlog of Starlink order execution.
Customers looking to use the service can subscribe via Location SpaceX’s Starlink, and pre-ordering the kit, which includes a Starlink receiver, router, power supply and mounting hardware for your home.
To date, the service is available to trial customers in 6 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States and Canada.
The company aims to continue expanding coverage to achieve near-global reach by the end of 2021 in terms of service availability, with a number of additional launches planned for the remainder of the year.
SpaceX has not set a date for the launch of the Starlink service, but it is unlikely that the commercial service will be introduced in 2020 as previously planned.
The company plans to deploy 12,000 satellites in total, and it said the Starlink constellation will cost it about $ 10 billion.
Building rockets and sending them to outer space is a lot of money, but two of the world’s richest men, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, have invested billions of dollars over the years to achieve success in this market.
Musk and Bezos have been publicly disputing plans for the competing satellites, and the US Federal Communications Commission last month approved a plan to deploy some Starlink satellites into less than planned Earth orbit.
The committee imposed a number of conditions to ensure the safety of the plan, and SpaceX agreed to accept the possibility of its satellites being subjected to interference from satellites deployed as part of Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.
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