SpaceX announced that it will launch a private beta for Starlink this summer, followed by a public beta.
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SpaceX could soon assign a selected number to people who have expressed an interest in learning more about it Starlink, Your satellite internet service. The aerospace company emailed some of those who previously signed up for more information on the Starlink website to their full addresses. He’s only asked for people’s zip codes so far, but he needs their actual locations to know if they can take the technology tests. In the same email, SpaceX announced that it would release a private beta for Starlink this summer, followed by a public beta.
Reddit user Bubby4j has pulled data from the Starlink support website and found more details about the upcoming beta testing program. According to the information they have discovered, the program will begin in the northern United States and lower Canada, as well as in rural communities in the state of Washington. In addition, the participants must have a clear view of the northern sky in order to participate, since the 600 satellites already in use can only offer Internet access “between 44 and 52 degrees north latitude”.
Since 2019, SpaceX has been broadcasting Starlink satellites in batches / image: Depositphotos.com
The Starlink dish – image above, which was also excavated from the Starlink support site – SpaceX sends it to testers as part of a kit and requires a view of the northern sky to be able to communicate with these satellites. This package also includes a router that has already received FCC approval and support. SpaceX warns that the connection will likely be interrupted at first because the team is working on optimizing the network and testers cannot share their experiences with the public. The testers also don’t have to pay anything to be part of the program, and only a dollar is charged to test the accounting system.
SpaceX has been broadcasting Starlink satellites in batches since 2019. Until then, up to 42,000 satellites are to be put into orbit to enable Internet access even in the most remote areas of the world. In particular, he plans up to two dozen Starlink launches by 2020, with which his current constellation will be expanded by more than 1,500 satellites.