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Starlink Now Has Enough Satellites in Orbit to Launch a Public Beta of Its High-Speed Internet Service, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk’s goal of using orbiting satellites to beam high-speed internet to remote parts of Earth just got a step closer to existence.
A batch of 60 Starlink satellites was launched by SpaceX on Tuesday, taking the total number in orbit to more than 700, according to Ars Technica.
“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in the northern US & hopefully southern Canada,” he tweeted after the launch.
Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, said this was necessary for a public beta. In answer to a query, this beta will include the Detroit metro area and Ann Arbor, Michigan, he said.
“Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval,” he added.
October 6, 2020, Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Ars Technica that they could not be in place until February. Musk didn’t specify precisely when the satellites were supposed to hit their “target location.”
In April, Musk said that in the fall, a public beta for the service will be up and running. In May 2019, he also said that with 400 satellites, a commercially viable “original” version of Starlink’s service for the US would be feasible, while 800 would be adequate for “major” global coverage.
So it’s likely, as Ars Technica’s study noted, that as these 60 satellites get into place over the next few months, the public beta will get moving.
A limited beta tech test started in September in Washington state but was limited to military and emergency responders in the state.
The aim of Starlink is to bring as many as 42,000 satellites above Earth into orbit that beam down high-speed broadband internet to remote areas where coverage is difficult to get.
Starlink’s website states that by the end of 2020 and “close global reach” by 2021, it needs to reach in the US and Canada.

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