SpaceXStarlink has continued to strengthen its move of seemingly disrupting the internet service industry, particularly as it launches the Starlink satellites into orbit. The move has been predicted to give major players in the industry, particularly companies with the cable and fibre connections. While several companies have been struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Starlink is ensuring that it meets its schedule for launching satellites into space.
The company’s goal of providing internet access to the most remote places on the planet is close to becoming a reality and as expected, this move has been met with mixed reactions from different quarters, including customers and players in the industry.
Launching its fourth batch of satellites to space on Wednesday, 29th January, 2020, SpaceXStarlink has moved closer to making satellite internet access a reality as the company continues to launch satellites to orbit on regular intervals. The January 2020 launch was done from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 9:06 am EST. Falcon 9 rocket was deployed to deliver 60 Starlinknano satellites to low earth orbit. This took the total number of satellites deployed to 242 at the time.
In 2019, the company declared that the deployment in January 2020 is the third of 720 neededto ensure a continuous coverage of the populated areas. Over the years, the company has been relatively discreet about the internet plans it aims and will start selling in the end of 2020s or first of 2021s. In an application by SpaceX on 2016 to Federal Communications Commissions, Starlinkwas stated to provide for speeds of upto a gigabyte per second at an interval of 25 to 35 milliseconds.
Expectedly, different institutions have voiced their opinions on theStarlink Mission, with astronomers not left out of the picture. Patrick Seitzer, professor at the University of Michigan’s astronomy department emailed that the problem with the Starlinks is that they are brighter than 99% of everything in Earth orbit today. Harvey Liszt, spectrum manager at the National Radio Astronomy said that “Starlink is only a part of the potential cloud of broadband satellites over the long haul.”
Blair Levin, who is a fellow with the Brookings Institution,has stated that there will be a type of fixed wireless that does a better job. On the other hand, Elon Musk tweeted on 14th January that one way or another the company will make sure that Starlinkis not an inhibition to new discoveries or change the character of the night sky.
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