500,000 Starlink users by 2022

During a conference at the MWC in Barcelona, ​​Elon Musk provided some interesting details on the Starlink constellation which currently consists of over 1,700 satellites. According to the SpaceX roadmap, global connectivity will be available by August. The goal is to reach 500,000 users by 2022. In the future, laser communication between satellites and a specific service for planes. Starlink: 500,000 users in 2022 At the end of May it was completed the first orbital “shell” at an altitude of about 550 km with the launch of another 60 satellites. This will enable the connectivity service to be activated within two months worldwide (except in the polar regions). Elon Musk said it already works in 12 countries, where it is used by over 69,000 users, but the goal is to exceed 500,000 users in the next 12 months. Currently a subscription of $ 99 / month and a one-time payment of 499 is required. dollars for satellite dish and WiFi router. Performance is still not optimal e often lower to those promises (100 Mbps in download and 20 Mbps in upload). Important improvements are expected with the launch of more satellites. Musk pointed out that each terminal (antenna) costs $ 1,000, thus double the amount paid by users. SpaceX will invest at least $ 5 billion (possibly as much as $ 10 billion) to complete the constellation, but then another $ 20-30 billion will be needed for management. Musk also announced that he has signed an agreement with two major telephone operators, without specifying the names. Yesterday, it was planned to launch 3 other satellites, as part of the Transporter-2 mission, which will be positioned in polar orbit (97.5 °) . However, the launch was interrupted and postponed until tonight because a plane entered the “keep out zone”. Musk expressed his disappointment on Twitter: Unfortunately, launch is called off for today, as an aircraft entered the “keep out zone”, which is unreasonably gigantic. There is simply no way that humanity can become a spacefaring civilization without major regulatory reform. The current regulatory system is broken. – Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2021

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