“Wow, it works!”: Musk posts 1st tweet using his 'space internet'
Not only having the idea, building it and launching it, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk decided to experiment with the internet of his newborn StarLink satellite network. The result appeared on Twitter on Tuesday (22), in two tweets.
Whoa, it worked !!- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019
“Sending this tweet through StarLink satellite space”
"Wow, it works!"
Musk's enthusiasm is echoed in the public, not least because traditional satellite internet is the last resort for those living in remote areas and they don't have more reliable options to access the network (even if it means supporting slow speeds and high latency).
In May, SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit, but the project plans to send thousands more (40, 000 orders are required). Some of them will be positioned in low orbits to decrease latency in data sending. For the launch of the first 400 satellites, six more launches are planned. According to Elon Musk, users on Earth will begin to have access to initial internet connectivity after 12 releases; 12 more, and the service would reach almost the entire planet.
Desired position of all StarLink network satellites (Playback / SpaceX)
Musk plans to launch about 1, 000 satellites over the next 12 months, followed by 1, 000 more each year. By November 2027, all StarLink Mission satellites, each transmitting about 1 terabit of functional bandwidth, are expected to be in orbit. That is enough for a thousand people to watch 4K video streaming at the same time.
Although it is already working, it is still far from being sold. Time is running short as SpaceX is no longer alone in the niche: OneWeb's 650-satellite network has just started launching into space, and Amazon plans to have 3, 000 branded satellites orbiting Earth very soon. .
“Wow, it works!”: Musk publishes 1st tweet using his 'space internet' via TecMundo