Are you excited about SpaceX’s Starlink internet service yet?
SpaceX’s Starlink has been pushing the boundaries in the game with its planned fleet of more than 12,000 satellites hovering over Earth to consist of its massive space-based Internet vision Starlink. As we speak there are currently 600 Starlink satellites hovering over Earth in Low-Earth Orbit – still a long shot from its goal but they are planning to launch more soon to become closer to their goal as ever.
People are clearly excited about this company’s venture, with even more than a quarter-million people showing interest in the service.
To not dampen everybody’s outlook on the service, the initial speeds of the Internet service has been made available for the public are a far-cry to what Elon Musk has promised early on. With the recorded fastest download speed clocked at 60 Mbps while the upload speed’s at 12 Mbps, it still shows a promising result considering that there just only 600 satellites in space. Imagine if SpaceX is able to complete its full fleet, what would the speed be?
But is it worth it? Several astronomers have raised concerns worried that it may hamper their work. As Morgan McFall-Johnsen reports on the website Business Insider, the amalgamation of Starlink satellites in Low-Earth Orbit might be too bright and cause the formation of a ‘megaconstellation’ that would have issues with how telescopes view space. Launching too many satellites also raises the fear of a higher chance of collisions between satellites.
In response to these concerns, the company has committed itself to redesign its satellites to ensure that they are safe for use.
In the meantime, let us all keep our guards up to ensure that companies, not only limited to Musk’s SpaceX, will put consumer rights on top of the list before making a profit.