Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a banner year and apparently things are just getting better: on Tuesday, company announced that it has received over 500,000 orders for its Starlink satellite internet service.
“To date, more than half a million people have placed an order or made a deposit with Starlink,” SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvai said during start broadcasting an event Your 26th Starlink mission.
Starlink is SpaceX’s planned interconnected Internet network now available thousands active satellites – an array known in the space industry as a constellation – i.e. designed to work together in order to deliver high speed internet to consumers anywhere on the planet.
As early as December 2020, Starlink won massive state contract – $ 885 million – for the provision of high-speed internet to underserved rural areas of the United States The contract came just two months after SpaceX has started public beta program for Starlink, internet pricing service $ 99 per month on top of a preliminary price of $ 499, which includes a user terminal and a Wi-Fi router for connecting to satellites.
In its current form, Starlink is already the largest satellite constellation in the world, with more than 1,500 Starlink satellites at present in orbit.
Despite the announcement of more than half a million orders already in play, these numbers are subject to change; from now on everyone these orders are stillfully recoverable. “ In a tweet on Tuesday, Musk himself admitted that the preliminary sales numbers were also limited by “high consumer density in urban areas. “
“Most likely, all the initial 500,000 will receive a service, “he wrote. “Another challenge when we reach the range of several million users. “