Beta launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink project of low-latency and high bandwidth satellite Internet will start in August 2020
We all dream of robust high-speed Internet service but our current options are limited due to a variety of factors. As of now, the Internet is brought to us through either deep-sea cables laid between the seven great oceans or through the GSM towers to our smartphones. The dream of a robust and high-speed Internet connection can be envisaged only if we receive the connection directly through the satellites.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has similar dreams. He is more than willing to bet on making the satellite Internet connection a reality. Come August 2020 and we will have Elon Musk’s Starlink low-latency, high-bandwidth satellite internet service will be available to customers.
Musk disclosed this on Twitter and said that a private beta launch for Starlink would begin in around three months, with a public beta to kick off roughly three months after that.
Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ~6 months, starting with high latitudes
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2020
According to Musk, the initial beta test will start with those located in “high latitudes.” For Starlink to be successful, SpaceX has already launched six batches of 60 satellites each to build out its network. The Starlink internet connection will initially be made available to customers in Canada and in the northern United States in November 2020 and other parts of the world in 2021.
In response to a Twitter query, Musk said that the beta testing will take place in a dozen places including Europe. Last year, Musk had said that the Starlink satellites worked by flying around the Earth in low orbit, connecting to one another to ensure consistent service is provided to ground stations. What differs between the Starlink satellites and geostationary communications satellites is that because Starlink satellites are flying in lower orbit, they provide latency and speed benefits. However, as they don’t remain in a fixed position so a consistent connection requires a large number of such small satellites.
SpaceX has been launching Starlink missions despite the challenging working conditions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the beta launch target. Starlink will also need authorization from Canadian, European and U.S. regulators to operate satellites in for communication.
It may take at least three years before Starlink can provide low-cost, high speed broadband connectivity to customers globally. Starlink’s ultimate goal is to provide the Internet to remote regions of the world like the Kalahari, the Arabian desert, and the mountain ranges of Himalayas. Remember, what is a necessity for you is still not available in many places around the world.