"We get internet from Space with the help of Big Collection of Satellites . That big Collection of Satellites is named "Starlink" by SpaceX". - Most of us know this. But there are some awesome facts related to starlink project. let's go throught it.
- SpaceX trademarked the name Starlink for their satellite broadband network in 2017, the name was inspired by the book The Fault in Our Stars
- The SpaceX satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington houses the Starlink research, development, manufacturing, and orbit control.
- Estimated Cost for this project by SpaceX in May 2018 was decided to be a minimum of US$10 billion.
- Product development began in 2015 as two prototype test-flight satellites were launched in February 2018 and more test satellites and 60 operational satellites were deployed in May 2019.
- The first two test satellites built were not flown but were used in ground testing. The planned launch of two revised test satellites was then moved to 2018
- SpaceX started a personal beta service within the Northern us in August 2020 and a public beta in October 2020. service beginning at high latitudes.
- In October 2019, Elon Musk publicly tested the Starlink network by using an Internet connection routed through the network to post a tweet.
- In March 2020, SpaceX reported producing six satellites per day.
- On 4 November 2020, SpaceX conducted its one millionth Starlink test and doubled the connection speed and k beta testers have been reporting speeds over 150 mbps.
- In February 2021, SpaceX announced that Starlink has over 10,000 users and opened pre-orders to the general public.
- Starlink satellites are also planned to launch on Starship, an under-development rocket of SpaceX that will launch 400 satellites at a time
Current Situation of Starlink:
- Total 1205 satellites launched as of 4th March 2021.
- Total 64 satellites deorbited on 8 October 2020.
- Total 1141 satellites currently in orbit as of 4 March 2021.