Early this morning, Elon Musk sent the first tweet using SpaceX’s new Starlink home internet service via low Earth orbit satellites. This is the first public test for what SpaceX plans to be – a worldwide internet service from space.
Sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite 🛰
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019
This tweet comes as earlier this year, SpaceX received approval from the FCC to launch 4,425 satellites into space to build a low earth orbit network of satellites to sell home internet. In May, SpaceX successfully launched its first set of 60 satellites for the new internet service. Unlike current satellite internet, these devices will be in a far lower orbit and offer considerably faster speeds without the data caps current satellite systems use.
According to a recent FCC filing, SpaceX is asking to make some changes, and if they are approved, SpaceX could start offering high-speed internet before the start of the 2020 hurricane season.
“This adjustment will accelerate coverage to southern states and U.S territories, potentially expediting coverage to the southern continental United States by the end of the next hurricane season and reaching other U.S. territories by the following hurricane season. ” SpaceX said in their FCC filing.
Exactly how much will SpaceX internet service cost? We still don’t know for sure, but earlier this year at SXSW SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said it would be “low cost.” Exactly how low is unknown, but reports are that SpaceX hopes to make its Internet service extremely competitive.
Are you excited to have a new home internet option from SpaceX? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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