SpaceX CEO Elon Musk clarified that the global satellite Internet system Starlink will exit the open beta testing phase in October – the launch was originally planned for August.
Formally, global coverage does not at all mean the actual availability of the service – for the provision of services in each country, an appropriate permission from the regulator is required. On the other hand, it is unclear how local regulators would be able to ban SpaceX from providing services.
On September 14, SpaceX conducted the next (14th since early 2021) launch of Falcon 9 in the interests of Starlink, which marked the transition of the global satellite Internet system to the next phase of development. As part of the Starlink Group 2-1 mission, the first batch of 51 version 1.5 satellites with laser interconnections went into orbit. The innovative laser communication technology that SpaceX has been working on for the past several years allows the signal to be transmitted using nearby vehicles as repeaters. These satellites are primarily designed to provide communications in polar regions and over oceans, where there are no ground terminals.
In July, SpaceX completed the deployment of about one-third of the Phase 1 Starlink satellites (orbital constellation exceeded 1,700) and is now continuing to build ground station infrastructure to provide as many users as possible with connectivity. 23 august Elon Musk reportedthat the number of terminals shipped has exceeded 100 thousand. At the moment, Starlink is available in 12 countries as part of a beta test and
In August, at the Mobile World Congress 2021 conference, the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, shared plans for the development of the Starlink global satellite Internet system. We reiterated the main points in the previous article. SpaceX expects to attract another 500,000 new Starlink subscribers in the next 12 months.
Also in August, SpaceX filed with the FCC application, where it disclosed the details of the plan for Starlink Gen2 – the company expects to use the next generation ship Starship in the desired configuration, so that in one launch to put into orbit about 400 Starlink satellites, and further expand the Starlink Internet to the Moon and Mars after their successful colonization. The document mentioned the placement of 29 988 (!) Satellites at 9 different orbital altitudes. Shortly after Jeff Bezos’ presentation, Amazon filed another protest with the FCC regarding the regulator’s permission to launch the second generation of Starlink satellites.