The newest project of SpaceX called Starlink, a network of satellites around the Earth intended to provide internet connection to remote areas of the world, is now well on its way to becoming a reality.
Being the world’s biggest private industry on space exploration, it does not come as much of a surprise everytime SpaceX announces a mission that the world deems impossible. Somehow, the company never disappoints. The establishment of Project Starlink is the newest mission that the company is working on to pursue.
The goal is to build intertwined space satellites, and coordinate it with earth-based stations that are connected to the internet’s tangible server. Utilizing laser beams, the satellites in orbit will then magnify the signal back down to Earth with a much broader range. Basically, the big picture is that remote areas of the world that were not able to gain access to the Internet will be reached. In space, the structure will look like an outer shell of interconnected satellites orbiting the planet. (See image)
So far, SpaceX is still working on a viable infrastructure that will directly connect an internet user to the space satellites. Other internet conglomerates are working on space-based connection as well, but are also dealing with major issues such as distance. Meanwhile, SpaceX is taking their time to perfect the mechanism. Starlink aims to eliminate the issue of distance by operating at a lower orbit, bringing it at a much more optimal proximity to the earth.
SpaceX assured that Starlink will begin providing service to the northern part of the United States and the southern part of Canada before the end of this year. And if developments go smoothly, global operations will commence by the following year. In addition to this, SpaceX has launched a new website dedicated to Starlink, where users can input their location and email address to receive updates about Starlink’s coverage.
As of June 12th, SpaceX has launched a total of 482 Starlink satellites and is planning to deliver more with each Falcon launch. In time, with a couple more enhancements and hardware improvements to set up, Starlink will be equipped to provide Internet access to rural areas of the world.