SpaceX updated an early test of its Starlink satellite internet network that showed the speed at which it can play online video games and stream movies.
Starlink is an ambitious plan by Elon Musk that aims to establish a network of approximately 12,000 small satellites in low earth orbit. SpaceX plans to connect at least 5 million US subscribers to Starlink. There are currently about 600 spacecraft in the system in low-earth orbit, and there are plans to place a total of 12,000 such satellites to improve the network’s test parameters.
The company confirmed in its latest webcast on Monday that employees had tested Starlink’s latency and download speed, which are key indicators for Internet service providers. Kate Tice, a senior certification engineer at SpaceX, said the initial results of these tests were “very good.”
Tice said, “They have extremely low latency and download speeds of over 100 [Mbps] per second. This means that our latency is low enough to play the fastest online video games and that our download speeds are fast enough. , You can play multiple high definition movies at the same time. “
SpaceX is implementing the Starlink global satellite system to provide the public with high-speed broadband Internet access in locations that are unreliable, expensive, or completely inaccessible. The development of the project started in 2015; the test prototype was started in February 2018. In 2017, SpaceX delivered regulatory documents, and by the mid-2020s a total of nearly 12,000 satellites had been put into orbit.
In May 2019, the first batch of 60 prototype satellites was launched into space. SpaceX plans to roll out commercial Internet access services in the United States and Canada as early as 2020 and roll out commercial Internet access services globally by 2021. The total investment in the project is estimated at $10 billion. Elon Musk also plans to use this system to sell satellites for scientific research purpose.