Starlink is expected to exit beta in October 2021, after a test phase that lasted for an year
Our world may be extremely connected today, but there are still many regions on the planet that are not, or too little, connected. A problem that could be solved with satellite internet. This is the goal that SpaceX has set with its service Starlink, thousands of small satellites to connect everyone wherever they are. After a long beta phase, the service getting ready to come out.
Starlink is expected to exit beta in October 2021
According to a recent tweet from Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, the Starlink satellite internet service is expected to go out beta next month, in October 2021. The information was revealed in response to a question from a user, simply asking when the service would no longer be in beta. If the schedule is kept, that would mean that Starlink would have been in beta for about a full year.
After a test phase that has lasted about an year
SpaceX had started sending email invitations to Starlink’s public beta in October 2020. Today is October 2021, so a year has passed, a year of testing, twelve months rich in experiments and results. For those who are interested, SpaceX is currently taking pre-orders for Starlink, with an initial deposit of $ 99, which is fully refundable if you decide to opt out of this waiting list or can only wait for the service is coming to your area.
According to SpaceX, there are currently around 100,000 users of Starlink services in more than a dozen countries, operating more than 1,700 satellites. However, working on a larger scale could be a problem. Elon Musk had previously said that the first 500,000 users could use the service easily, but once you get close to one million, the situation will become more difficult.
Currently, SpaceX has a license from the FCC to put some 12,000 satellites into low orbit. The American company is seeking authorization to launch an additional 30,000.
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life’s biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.