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SpaceX launched its 13th Starlink deployment mission Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida
SpaceX launched its 13th Starlink deployment mission Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida

Musk teases test of satellite broadband following latest launch

  • SpaceX says the network, in low-Earth orbit, will beam reliable broadband to remote areas that conventional internet providers can’t reach economically
  • Emergency responders working after wildfires in Washington state tweeted last month that their efforts were supported by SpaceX’s broadband service

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. may soon debut a test of its Starlink broadband satellite system in parts of North America, founder Elon Musk said following the company’s latest launch.

“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in northern US & hopefully southern Canada," Musk tweeted. “Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval."

SpaceX launched its 13th Starlink deployment mission Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, adding 60 small satellites to its constellation and taking the total launched to nearly 800. SpaceX says the network, in low-Earth orbit, will beam reliable broadband to remote areas that conventional internet providers can’t reach economically.

The network had achieved test download speeds of greater than 100 megabits per second, a SpaceX engineer said in a video for a recent launch. That speed is on par with conventional broadband.

Emergency responders working after wildfires in Washington state tweeted last month that their efforts were supported by SpaceX’s broadband service.

While technology and launch costs have declined over the years, other ventures have failed in similar efforts to use space to provide internet service. Questions also remain over how much SpaceX will charge consumers.


This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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