SpaceX is getting closer than ever in providing inexpensive, efficient, and fast Internet service from its fledging unit dubbed Starlink. With it on its initial private beta testing, an official from the company has shared promising results, it is worth mentioning that the company was able to accomplish another feat that is noteworthy – that is being able to successfully test out the company’s satellite-to-satellite communication technology they call “space lasers”.
In a report by Eric Ralph, with the company’s current fleet of Starlink satellites currently in orbit, which is approximately more than 700 as of writing, two of them were able to establish an inter-satellite connection in its early stages. This is in a nod of Elon Musk’s vision for Starlink for which he shared as early as 2015.
Ralph suggests that although the initial results are a tad better compared to some options available in the market, being able to establish a faster alternative through the use of space lasers. He shared that this technology is the “major reduction in the connection latency or ping”. This leads to faster traveling time of the data from different points. With improved, less cluttered traveling of data, this would lead to more efficient means of the Internet service. The only viable competition up to this point, according to Ralph, is a direct fiber connection.
Lastly, he shares that this inter-satellite communication technology would be helpful in widening the audience it can reach in terms of Internet use. It will be able to serve a larger geographical area because it lets other areas connect to it and it will then be redirected to the nearest ground station on Earth. Ralph proposes that it will be helpful for the company for the construction of ground stations are costly and consumes a lot of time.
Ralph concludes that there will be further iterations of the current satellite in orbit that will significantly tower the capabilities of the current models. All we need to do is to wait and see.