Elon Musk’s SpaceX is all set to launch its highly-anticipated Starlink Satellite Broadband service sometime in 2020, according to SpaceNews. The report also adds that SpaceX’s President and COO Gywnne Shotwell announced the upcoming launch of its Starlink broadband service at a media conference in Washington (aka International Astronautical Congress).
As TechCrunch reports, Shotwell also hinted at launching around six to eight different grouped payloads of Starlink satellites to meet the proposed requirements for a successful launch of its broadband service in 2020.
It is learnt that Elon Musk’s SpaceX also has plans to build a global constellation of broadband service with the help of 24 more satellite launches as proposed earlier. SpaceX’s broadband service is expected to debut in Northern United States and parts of Canada early next year, before going global.
Although the initial 24 launches will help the debut release, there will be additional launches required to help enhance broadband coverage and expand its reach globally.
SpaceX’s recent paperwork suggests that it has its eyes set on a total of 42,000 satellite launches to establish a constellation of Starlink broadband service. Out of the lot, around 12,000 launches have already received the green signal to go live while the remaining 30,000 satellite launches are still in the pipeline awaiting approval.
A SpaceX spokesperson had earlier told TechCrunch that the company was “taking steps to responsibly scale Starlink’s total network capacity and data density to meet the growth in users’ anticipated needs.”
SpaceX is expected to garner huge revenues through its proposed launch of the global broadband satellite constellation. The resulting income may be adequately utilised for its upcoming Mars expedition as it plans to launch 100+ crew members into space sometime in 2024.
The initial investment cost for the proposed launch of Starlink-powered global satellite constellation will undoubtedly be on the higher side. Given SpaceX’s aggressive approach towards fulfilling the cause of an early Mars expedition, the funds and revenues are well taken care of.
Besides, it will definitely help the company’s cause of minimising the launch costs for the crew and payload through innovative developments like the Starship.
Meanwhile, the company is reportedly testing Starlink connectivity for US Air Force Research Laboratory while there is still no word on the official pricing estimate per broadband connection.
Shotwell has, however, dropped a valuable hint suggesting that several broadband services that are priced around $80 in the US have failed to meet the international standards with sub-par offerings and connectivity performance.