Elon Musk’s SpaceX is having a banner year, and apparently things just keep getting better: Tuesday, the company announced that it has received more than 500,000 orders for its satellite Internet service, Starlink.
“To date, more than half a million people have placed an order or deposited a depot for Starlink,” said SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj during a broadcast of the launch event on the 26th Starlink mission.
Starlink is SpaceX’s planned interconnected Internet network, which already includes thousands of assets satellites – a network known in the space industry as a constellation – which are designed to work together in order at provide high-speed Internet access to consumers all over the world.
In December 2020, Starlink won a massive government contract – to the tune of $ 885 million – to provide high-speed internet access to underserved rural areas of the United States The contract came in two months after SpaceX had started a public beta program for Starlink, Internet service pricing at $ 99 per month in addition to an initial cost of $ 499 which includes a user terminal and a Wi-Fi router to connect to the satellites.
In its current form, Starlink is already the largest constellation of satellites in the world, with over 1,500 Starlink satellites currently in orbit.
Despite the announcement of more than half a million orders already in progress, these figures are subject to change; from now on, all those the commands are always ” fully refundable. ” In a tweet Tuesday, Musk himself acknowledged that the preliminary sales figures were also limited by « high density of users in urban areas. “
« Most likely, all of the initial 500,000 will receive a service, ”he writes. « No longer a challenge when we get into the multi-million user range. ”