The company has launched more mega constellations with more than 12,000 satellites in total
Traditional Internet providers may not yet be shaking up their boots, but will be increasingly looking forward to Elon Musk’s SpaceX now having more than half a million orders for its Starling satellite internet service so far, leading to a major initial public offering in the coming years.
The company launched its 26th series of 60 Starling satellites overnight, adding to the ‘galaxy’ of more than 1,000 low-orbit satellites that provide high-speed Internet access to remote communities.
On the webcast of the launch, SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bhardwaj said: “To date, more than half a million people have placed an order or put down a deposit for Starling.”
Deployment of 60 Starling satellites confirmed, completing SpaceX’s 10th Starling mission this year pic.twitter.com/gm7U3qDL44
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Launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it is the ninth launch and landing using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Starling’s initial ‘beta’ web services are currently offered in the United States and selected countries, with a limited number of users per security area.
And the launch of satellites Towards a total planned ‘mega constellation’ of 12,000 satellites, As well as the installation of ground stations, which provide total protection of the earth, leading to increased speed and reduced latency.
The parent company SpaceX ‘rating rose to $ 74 billion last month as it reportedly raised $ 1.16 billion in new funds, amid rumors circulating around Starling’s future IPO.
Quinn Shotwell, President and CEO of SpaceX, previously called Starling “We can go ahead and take the right business to the public”.