Starlink is a satellite-based internet project from SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space exploration and aerospace company. The network of satellites will be used to provide low-latency and high-speed inte rnet to places around the world that are not currently serviced. The system will cost users around $99.00 per month, with no additional taxes or installation costs. Starlink is looking to become the leader in global internet connectivity, with plans to launch thousands of satellites into Earth's orbit. This will help to provide reliable, high-speed connection to areas of the world that were previously unable to access such technology. With projects like Starlink, we're moving closer to a future where everyone can access the same level of connectivity, regardless of their location.
The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) working in combination with ground transceivers. SpaceX also plans to sell some of the satellites for military, scientific, or exploratory purposes. The SpaceX satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington houses the Starlink research, development, manufacturing, and on-orbit control operations. The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build, and deploy the constellation was estimated by SpaceX in May 2018 to be about US$10 billion. The mass-produced spacecraft carry a communications payload using the Ku and Ka frequency bands, employ optical inter-satellite links, phased array beam forming and digital processing technologies. Starlink sats are able to track on-orbit debris and capable of autonomous collision avoidance. All satellites will be equipped with sunshades similar to the pioneering VisorSat. The first phase of the Starlink network will include 1584 satellites orbiting 550km above Earth in planes inclined 53 degrees to the equator. The next phase of the Starlink network uses 2824 satellites operated at altitudes between 540km and 570km at inclinations of 53.2, 70 and 97.6 degrees. The FCC application covers 4408 Starlink satellites, one fewer than SpaceX envisioned under the previous architecture. Eventually SpaceX will launch and operate a follow-on network of 7518 additional Starlink.
satellites transmitting in V-band frequencies.
• Space X Starlink is a project to create a satellite internet service provider that will provide fast, reliable internet access around the world.
• It plans to use a constellation of thousands of satellites orbiting Earth at low altitudes in order to provide broadband service to its customers.
• The project is expected to cost around $10 billion, and it could provide coverage to over three billion people who do not currently have reliable internet access.
• Space X is aiming to provide speeds up to one gigabit per second and low latency of 25 milliseconds or less.
• The project has potential to drastically reduce the digital divide and disrupt the traditional telecommunications industry.
Geographical Starlink Tracking Data
- 3D STARLINK Planet Earth Orbit Visualiser
- all STARLINK satellites (caution - processor intensive!)