SpaceX’s space-based Internet service, Starlink, has been in private beta testing and has been able to yield encouraging results.
In a report by Morgan McFall-Johnsen on Business Insider, a company official shared the speeds that were registered by the company. Kate Tice, senior certification engineer over at SpaceX, detailed that the speed documented had “super-low latency and download speeds greater than 100 [megabits] per second”.
The speed, according to Tice, would be able to let users play the fastest online games available and its download speeds will let viewers watch numerous movies in the high-quality definition. They also reported that the company was able to successfully conduct an experiment concerning two of its Starlink satellites in space.
The two contained what is called inter-satellite links or called space lasers. Using this will enable satellites to communicate with one another directly while in orbit thus minimizing the time of sending data to and from Earth.
Though it shows a promising start, the company is aiming to increase its fleet to be able to accelerate its goal of building a reliable and high-speed Internet service. With its successful launch just this week, SpaceX was able to launch almost two hundred of its Starlink satellites in orbit in a span of just a month. This figure is the fastest launch rate ever in history according to McFall-Johnsen. As of press time, the company has more than 700 satellites currently in orbit and the company aims to make it to at least a thousand to be able to “boot up Starlink more fully”.
SpaceX gave a big Starlink update today:— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) September 3, 2020
— Private beta testing shows "super low latency and download speeds greater than 100 [megabits] per second"
— Connected 2 satellites to each other with "space lasers," transferring "hundreds of gigabytes of data" https://t.co/Aq8xWzaUY3
A thousand satellites might sound too much but in fact, the company aims to have almost 42,000 satellites on its arsenal to be able to provide full fast and reliable access to the Internet to most populations on the planet. Scientists have shared their concerns regarding this move, citing that the “mega-constellation” may interfere in the study of astronomy.