The company said on Tuesday night that SpaceX will continue its beta test of its satellite-based broadband service Starlink next year, indicating that commercial services are unlikely to be provided in 2020 as previously planned.
Elon Musk’s private space exploration company, SpaceX, headquartered in Hawthorne, California, has launched nearly 900 Starlink satellites into orbit since 2019, with the goal of providing high-speed Internet to rural areas around the world.
Musk has said that the Starlink service will be an important source of funding for his broader plans, such as the development of a super-heavy Starship rocket to bring paying customers to the moon and eventually attempt to colonize Mars.
SpaceX engineer Kate Tice said in a live broadcast on Tuesday: “At the current rate, we hope to expand our Beta in a significant way from late January to February early next year.”
A SpaceX spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
In October, SpaceX invited hundreds of people from rural states such as Washington, Wisconsin, and Idaho to participate in the “Better Than Nothing Beta” trial, which is open to those who sign to buy and test the company for $499 (about Rs 36,900) Closed the door. Install the kit and pay a monthly fee of US$99 (about Rs 7,300) for internet services.
In a document submitted to the US Federal Communications Commission, the company had expected to provide commercial services by the end of 2020, and then “expand rapidly to a densely populated world in 2021.”
In November, SpaceX was approved by the Canadian authorities to begin beta testing of Starlink in Canada, thereby achieving a “fairly extensive public beta” in southern Canada.
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