Even though internet is an international network still millions of people do not access to its connectivity, even though they are having it is not up to the speed so that can get benefits out of it.
Keeping the buzz word “Internet for everyone” in mind Starlink Inc. is now delivering initial beta service near globally, and will continue expansion towards coverage of the populated world in 2021.
For those who have not heard about “Starlink” – Starlink is a network of satellite collection being constructed by SpaceX how’s aim is to provide satellite Internet access. This constellation will have thousands of low cost small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), working in combination with ground transceivers. As most of the people aware that SpaceX is Elon Musk’s Company who became the world’s richest person this January by upending the global auto industry and shaking aerospace heavyweights with reusable rockets. Now he’s getting into new areana dominated by well-established incumbents that is telecommunications.
Musk’s SpaceX. has launched more than thousand satellites for its Starlink internet service and is signing up early customers in the US, UK and Canada. SpaceX has informed investors that Starlink is targeting for a $1 trillion market of in-flight internet, maritime services, demand in China and India — and domestic rural customers such as Brian Rendel who has struggled for years with sluggish internet speeds at his 160-acre farm overlooking Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
As per Starlink’s official web site – “During beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all. As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically.”
Would Starlink jam the space traffic?
It could be a concerned which comes in everybody’s mind when they know that SpaceX is launching thousand’s of satellite for now it should not be the concern but yes in future it would be a major issue.
To address the overbooked low earth orbit SpaceX say’s that – “Starlink is on the leading edge of on-orbit debris mitigation, meeting or exceeding all regulatory and industry standards.
At end of life, the satellites will utilize their on-board propulsion system to deorbit over the course of a few months. In the unlikely event the propulsion system becomes inoperable, the satellites will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within 1-5 years, significantly less than the hundreds or thousands of years required at higher altitudes.”
How Starlink satellites are built?
Size and Weight
Each satellite is almost 260 KG in weight and compact in size as it has flat-panel design, and it can be carried by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Every satellite got 4 powerful phased arrays of antennas with capabilities of enamors amount of throughput in a short duration of time
Starlink satellites have arrays of solar panel which are easy to integrate and simplify the system with undisrupted power.
As per stralink.com – “Starlink satellites utilize inputs from the Department of Defense’s debris tracking system to autonomously perform maneuvers to avoid collisions with space debris and other spacecraft. This capability reduces human error, allowing for a more reliable approach to collision avoidance.”