Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, Announced on Twitter that SpaceX was in the Middle of a Regulatory Approval Process, which will Allow it to Launch Starlink, the Company’s Internet Satellite, Over India in the Near Future
Twitter has already been flooded with theories that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is currently testing internet connectivity via Starlink satellites. SpaceX’s Starlink initiative aims to deliver global Internet access using a satellite constellation, of which the first two satellites were launched in February 2018. It’s in 14 locations, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Portugal, the UK, and the US, just to name a few. The Indian market is about to have this satellite Internet in their midst.
Elon Musk was queried about when Starlink services will be available in India by OnsetDigital (@Tryonset). Musk then claimed, “I’m just working on figuring out the approval process.” There’s indication that Starlink will launch in India soon. Subscribers will be able to obtain Internet access through SpaceX’s fleet of small satellites. There is currently no time frame for when the service will become available in India, or how long it will take to get regulatory permission.
In the places it is for sale, Starlink is in its beta phase. A variation of 50Mbps to 150Mbps rates will be seen throughout the test, which will not have a download restriction. However, the firm’s device is said to have latency ranging from 20ms to 40ms, depending on where it is used. The website states, “As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically.”
Low Earth Orbit (LEO) puts these small spacecraft closer to Earth than regular satellites do, resulting in shorter response times. With the assistance of US FCC approval and an increase in worries for this regard, Elon Musk’s SpaceX was granted permission to launch over 7,000 Starlink satellites that are expected to obstruct the Earth’s view of the cosmos. Still, SpaceX asserted that its Starlink constellation would not have any effect on space itself.
The Starlink package comes with a Starlink dish, Wi-Fi router, power supply, wires, and a mounting tripod. To connect and use it, you need to have a clear view of the sky and an app (which is available on iOS and Android) for the set-up and management processes.