According to the portal phys.org, SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites as the second batch of orbital devices designed to provide global Internet coverage. Each of the 26 kilogram satellites will join the remaining sixty, which were launched by the company in May. Is Ilon Musk’s ambitious idea of deploying Starlink’s global Internet coverage network really useful, or are there pitfalls hidden here? Let's try to figure it out together in this article.
What is the Internet from Starlink Elon Mask?
Starlink - an ambitious project of the Americanbusinessman Ilon Mask, who set himself the goal of putting thousands of miniature satellites into orbit of the Earth, providing full coverage of the planet with high-speed and almost free Internet. The SpaceX chief executive officer plans to begin active exploitation of the satellite network as early as 2020, when the northern regions of the United States and southern parts of Canada will be able to use cheap public Internet. Last month, Musk used one of his Starlink orbiting satellites to send his first tweet: “Wow, that worked !!”
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Although Starlink employees considerthe successful launch of satellites by a real victory, an ambitious project fell under a flurry of criticism from astronomers who believed that the satellites of the project could interfere with telescopes during astronomical observations. Due to the fact that Starlink Ilona Mask will use a total of 4425 satellites located in low Earth orbit, the operation of the devices can significantly affect the frequencies of state security services, television and conventional cellular communications. In addition, in the coming years, plans to conquer the near-earth orbit want to be implemented in practice by companies such as Samsung, Boeing and Blue Origin, each of which intends to send from space to three to five thousand communication satellites. In other words, the Earth’s orbit can turn into one giant dump.
Despite criticism, Elon Musk is optimisticlooks at the future of the project, developing more and more new ways to reduce company costs and maximize the cost of the Starlink project. So, at present, a company from California is at the stage of developing cheaper parts for rockets and krypton engines. According to Musk, Starlink’s revenues could help SpaceX develop rockets and spacecraft for traveling to Mars, which is the entrepreneur’s main goal.
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According to preliminary estimates, the costequipment for receiving high-speed Internet anywhere in the world will be about $ 200, while the monthly subscription fee for using the Internet from Mask can reach $ 50. Critics believe that the project can be approved only by residents of remote regions of the planet or at military bases located in areas of lack of satellite communications. Be that as it may, the launch of Starlink will soon be able to show the planet its true vitality in the face of criticism and ever-increasing competition for orbital space.