SpaceX’s Starlink is the internet service sought by airlines, cruise lines and businesses around the world. Here’s what you need to know about Elon Musk’s satellite network.


Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.Hannibal Hanschke-Pool/Getty Images

  • Starlink is SpaceX’s broadband service that broadcasts internet connectivity from orbiting satellites.

  • It has over 400,000 users worldwide and is designed to bring remote areas online.

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Elon Musk’s Starlink.

Elon Musk has created a super-fast global internet service that uses satellites orbiting the Earth.

Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by Starlink, was launched in October 2020. It has more than 400,000 users around the world, partnered with airlines and cruise ships and played a role in the war in Ukraine.

Starlink is also a option for those who live in remote areas who do not have access to affordable broadband.

What’s the hype about Starlink?

SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer founded by Musk, has an extensive high-speed satellite internet network in space called Starlink. Orbiting satellites envelop the Earth and provide high-speed connectivity to users, especially those in rural areas without a fixed connection.

SpaceX launched its first satellites in May 2019 and now has more than 2,900 satellites in low earth orbit. The goal is to have up to 42,000 satellites in mid-2027.

The satellites are attached to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and launched into orbit, typically releasing 60 per launch.

When service began, SpaceX said in an email for Starlink beta test subscribers, they should expect speeds between 50 and 150 megabits per second, with intermittent outages. But some users achieve much higher speeds. Starlink even reached speeds of 175 Mbps in freezing temperatures, high winds and snow.

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Spectators watch from Canaveral National Seashore the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites.Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Costs have fluctuated

A Starlink subscription costs $110 per month and an additional $600 for the Starlink kit, which includes a mounting tripod, a WiFi router and a terminal to connect to the company’s satellites.

The service costs more than it initially charged users in October 2020. Customers previously paid $600 upfront for the kit and monthly subscription. SpaceX told customers in March that it was raise prices, with new customers now paying $710 upfront. However, prices have been reduced end of August for users in the US and Europe.

The insider explained How to register for the service, which operates on a “first come, first served” basis.

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A photo of SpaceX’s Starlink user terminal, or satellite dish, installed on a rooftop. Company founder Elon Musk called these devices “UFOs on a stick,” and they’re designed to connect to the internet through a fleet of orbiting spacecraft.Ashish Sharma/SpaceX

Starlink wanted by airlines and cruises

SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in March 2021 if it could extend Starlink to the automotive industry. In June, the agency granted SpaceX permission use Starlink on moving vehicles.

Since its FCC filing last year, Starlink has signed deals with the likes of Royal CaribbeanHawaiian Airlines and a semi-private regional jet service JSX offer Wi-Fi to passengers. The company is also in talks with Delta and Border airlines.

Starlink uses antennas – “electrically identical” to existing user terminals – which can be mounted on vehicles, ships, and airplanes. Musk tweeted that the antennas would not connect Tesla cars to Starlink because the terminals are “way too big”.

“It’s for planes, shipsbig trucks and motorhomes,” said the billionaire, who also tweeted that he was test Starlink on his private jet.

Snow melts on the Starlink user terminal

Melting snow on the Starlink terminal.Anonymous

Role in the Ukrainian War

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February, SpaceX has provided thousands of Starlink dishes to Ukrainians. It is despite Russia steps up hacking efforts the network.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked Musk in February to send Starlink terminals to Ukraine. In response, Musk said Starlink was activated in Ukraine and promised that the terminals were on their way. In June, SpaceX delivered 15,000 Starlink Internet Kits to Ukraine.

Reports suggest that Starlink has assistance Ukrainian troops. For example, when a Ukrainian soldier Told a journalist that Starlink had helped Ukrainian soldiers to stay online while Russia attacked the Internet infrastructure.

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A photo illustration from a satellite tracking app showing one of SpaceX’s Starlink internet-broadcasting spacecraft on a map of Earth.Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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