This week, SpaceX launched another batch of 60 satellites for its Starlink internet service. On Wednesday, April 7, SpaceX launched the satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
With four launches last month alone, SpaceX has now launched 1,445 satellites, though just under 70 of those have already been taken out of orbit.
SpaceX is now taking preorders for its internet service. Starlink is available in limited areas and to a limited number of customers for now, and orders are first come, first served. A deposit of $100 is required to preorder, with that money going toward a Starlink Starter Kit when the service is available in your area.
While initial speed tests for the internet service looked promising, PC Mag reports that recent Ookla tests are showing inconsistent performance. The data shows that download speeds decreased from 80Mbps down to 50Mbps before going back up. The data looked at median speeds from Starlink users. PC Mag notes that some users have been sharing their individual results showing much faster speeds.
To address recent outages, SpaceX sent out a message to Starlink customers this week, saying: “Recently some beta users saw short but more frequent outages, particularly in the evening hours,” the company said. “This was caused by two main issues—preventive maintenance on various ground gateways, coupled with a network logic bug that intermittently caused some packet processing services to hang until they were reset. The good news is fixes were implemented and users should no longer see this particular issue.”