SpaceX launched 60 new satellites into space using its veteran rocket “Falcon 9” as a part of its cutting-edge project called “Starlink“. This project aims to provide better quality broadband internet to every nook and corner of this planet.
Over the next few decades SpaceX has planned to launch a total of 42,000 satellites into the earth’s orbit, this will cost SpaceX billions of dollars and in return they expect the majority of the population on earth to switch to the Starlink network. This project’s goal is to provide satellite broadband connections to extremely remote areas on the planet. The company has stated the income generated from selling satellite internet services would help to fund their Mars mission.
SpaceX is developing a pizza box-sized antenna, which it is manufacturing in its factory. If you wish to subscribe to the Starlink network, you’ll get a kit that consists of a satellite dish and a router, all you need to do is fix that dish on the roof of your home. The dish receives the signals and sends them to your router, you need to download its app on your IOS or Android device which provides a manual and an augmented guide to help find the exact location to install the dish.
A few other companies along with Starlink started investing in satellite broadband networking systems, including a joint project of Vodafone Group and Rakuten, SpaceMobile. They are targeting different geographic locations, however, Starlink is going to give the existing network services a run for their money. But according to Musk and his SpaceX business model, SpaceX is also helping other companies to launch their satellites. He said he doesn’t see any issue with helping companies that are competing with Starlink to establish their space infrastructure.
“We’re giving them a good deal, by the way,” says Musk. He also added that”The world seems to have an insatiable appetite for bandwidth. So we’re certainly happy to launch other satellites and, you know, we don’t think Starlink is going to destroy all the other satellites or something like that –definitely not.”