SpaceX is currently allowing people to register for their first testing phase of internet connectivity. Today the company launched another batch of Starlink satellites on top of the Falcon-9 rocket. The latest batch of 60 satellites will join the Starlink constellation. Elon Musk is now ready to roll out the beta test of its high-speed internet connection for an upcoming commercial launch.
To try out SpaceX’s Internet service you may register through Starlink’s official website. However, upon opening the page, users need to enter their email address, zip code, and country to complete the registration process. Upon registration, you will receive an email message from SpaceX, which discusses brief details about the beta testing phases. Registered users will receive a notification as soon as beta testing is available in their region.
Elon Musk begins testing phase for Starlink satellite
Starlink will help deliver high-speed internet connectivity to all locations on our planet. People from areas without any connectivity will also be able to access the high-speed broadband internet through satellite communications. Elon Musk says that the private beta testing will be available for the public by the end of this summer.
It will only work for higher latitudes (Seattle) at first, then get progressively closer to the equator
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 7, 2020
Due to the use of satellite communication, the testing phase will begin from areas of higher altitudes. SpaceX has not confirmed where the Starlink’s beta testing will be available first. But SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed in a tweet in May that the initial testing phase for Starlink will only be available in areas at higher latitudes, such as Seattle. Musk noted that it might also be available in London.
SpaceX is promising to deliver speeds of up to one gigabit per second with a latency of about 30 milliseconds. SpaceX is targeting to launch Starlink’s service commercially in North America later this year. It might reach the rest of the world sometime in 2021.
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