Elon Musk & Starlink – bringing internet connectivity to every place on Earth

Space X and Elon Musk have been busy launching satellites to complete a long-held dream of communication experts – a ring of communications satellites around the Earth to facilitate better internet connection.

Starlink is Musk’s satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX to provide satellite internet access. The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit, working in combination with ground transceivers

It’s called Starlink Beta as it’s currently in the very early stages of development. (Funny, I recall editing an article on this very dream back in 1994 when it seemed as far-fetched as having a phone that would take a photo so you could check you were buying exactly what your wife has sent you out for!)

During the beta stage, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations. . There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.

As Starlink launches more satellites, install more ground stations and improve the networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically.

Go here to see if your address is currently eligible. I pumped in an address and the cost was around $600. Online reports state $99 so I’m not sure if it varies by area. Starlink is available to a limited number of users per coverage area at this time. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Users in the US in remote places were the first to be offered the service and many are ecstatic!

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