Today, at about 1:40 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, the American space exploration technology company, SpaceX launches another 46 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
With this, the American space exploration technology company has now launched more than 3,000 Starlink satellites, of which more than 2,900 working Starlink satellites are in orbit, accounting for about 66% of the entire Starlink constellation including 4,408 Starlink satellites.
The “Starlink” satellite Internet service project, which seeks to offer high-speed Internet connectivity to consumers around the world, especially in rural and remote places, was first announced by SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk in January 2015.
Since the project’s debut, SpaceX has launched numerous Starlink satellites; this launch marks the 25th Starlink satellite launch for the firm this year. Starlink currently accounts for the majority of SpaceX’s launch activity; the company has now completed 39 orbital missions so far this year.
Howbeit, as per the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, the company is required to launch half of its Starlink satellites by March 2024 and to complete all 4,408 satellite launches by March 2027.
Meanwhile, last week, Elon Musk disclosed plans to beam connectivity directly to smartphones using Starlink. Coverage Above and Beyond, a joint venture between SpaceX and T-Mobile, will use Starlink Version 2 satellites, a larger and more powerful spacecraft that is anticipated to start launching next year.
By projection Elon Musk’s Starlink is expected to be rolled out in the last quarter of the year or probably the first quarter of next year. Currently, the Internet service has been approved in over 32 countries of the world including Africa and Asian continents. Thus, stay connected with TechGenyz as we bring you the latest updates in the tech world.