The businessman told about the terminals Starlink.
During the holidays the company SpaceX Elon musk has launched another batch of Internet satellites Starlink and brought the group up to 180 satellites. In the new year the company will launch 60 satellites every two weeks. With them, Musk hopes to provide cheap and fast Internet access in any corner of the planet. The network can start this year when the group will grow to several hundred satellites, writes vestifinance.ru.
Reusable first stage Falcon 9, which was used for the fourth time, after eight and a half minutes after the start in the automatic mode made a soft landing on a floating platform Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of South Carolina.
However, SpaceX once again failed to return intact another part of the rocket halves of the nose fairing. Over this problem the engineers are trying to do for years, since the reuse of the fairing will allow you to save up to $6 million start-up. “We didn’t catch him this time. We were really close. But we’re going to continue our efforts again,” said the representative of the company Loreal Lyons during the broadcast.
60 Internet Starlink satellites put into orbit altitude of 290 km. After the test of SpaceX engineers in their performance of the apparatus will rise to a higher orbit using its own ion propulsion. This is the third launch Internet satellites, the project Starlink. The first 60 units were launched in late may and the second in November. Thus, in the orbit are nearly 180 Internet satellites Starlink.
SpaceX plans to deploy a constellation of 12 thousand spacecraft of this type to create a global network that will provide the inhabitants of the Earth with broadband Internet anywhere in the world. SpaceX has estimated the cost of the project at $10 billion, but experts believe this figure too low.
The owner of the company SpaceX Elon Musk reported that to ensure a minimum coverage you will need at least six launches with 60 satellites, i.e. 360 machines and for the average of 12 runs, which will allow to create a group of devices 720. By the end of the 2020s grouping Starlink is expected to reach 42 thousand satellites. This will on average run at 80 satellites a week.
Last Tuesday, Musk told how it will look in the device with which people will have access to the Internet of the future. In his Twitter he wrote that the terminal Starlink similar to “slim round UFO on a stick.” According to the entrepreneur, the optimal tilt angle, the tool will pick himself. The user will only have to turn on the terminal in the socket and guide to heaven. To switch between satellites the device will also be himself.
In 2015, Musk said that SpaceX terminals before they are called Starlink, will cost from $100 to $300 each. However, the cheapest the manufacturer sells such a device today at a price of about $1 thousand, according to analyst Tim Farrar. As the Starlink satellites, SpaceX develops and manufactures terminals that, according to President and chief operating officer Gwynn Shotwell, it was not a trivial task.
“It’s a whole new business for SpaceX,’ she said, according to Space News. Is space technology, but this is a consumer business.”
Elon Musk told before about the device, but such details have yet been disclosed. In particular, he has compared the size of the terminal Starlink pizza small or medium size. In October 2019, Musk said that he tried the satellite Internet connection Starlink, posting an entry on Twitter. “Wow, it worked!” — he wrote.
SpaceX is one of a number of companies that seek to place in orbit larger satellites constellation to provide global Internet coverage. Among them – OneWeb, Telesat, LeoSat and Amazon. As reported, the company OneWeb in February last year also put into orbit the first six satellites of its own system.