A group of SpaceX engineers working on the Starlink satellite project will answer questions on Reddit begins at noon PT/3 PM ET Saturday about its Better than Nothing beta program. Providing global internet coverage from space is the ultimate goal of the Starlink program. In the last month, SpaceX launched the public beta test after introducing a private beta over the summer.
If you are a beta user, then you had to purchase all of the Starlink ground instruments for $499 and then pay a $99 monthly fee for active service to participate in the program. The public beta users also receive an email stating “expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system.”
The email also inferred there would be short intervals of no connectivity, and that latency and data accelerations would enhance as the company readies to initiate more satellites and installs more ground devices.
SpaceX already has undertaken into low-Earth orbit 900 of the intended 12,000 satellites required for the Starlink network. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said the company needs 800 satellites in space to capitalize “ substantial functional abilities.”
To ask concerns of Starlink engineers (and there’s already a queue with more than 500 comments), go to the official Starlink Reddit page The AMA runs from noon to 1 PM PST.
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