SYDNEY: Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet unit of Elon Musk, expects to be able to provide continuous global coverage around September, but will then have to seek regulatory approvals, its president Gwynne Shotwel said on Tuesday.
“We have successfully deployed around 1,800 satellites and once all of these satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, which should look like the September period,” she said in a statement. Macquarie Group technology conference via webcast.
“But then we have a regulatory job to go to all the countries and get approval to provide telecommunications services.”
Starlink, which has announced plans to deploy 12,000 satellites in total at a cost of around $ 10 billion, currently offers beta services in 11 countries, Shotwel said.
In May, Musk said the low-earth orbit satellite network had received more than 500,000 pre-orders for its internet service and did not anticipate any technical issues to meet demand.
The United States Federal Communications Commission this year approved SpaceX’s plan to deploy certain Starlink satellites to a lower-than-expected Earth orbit to provide high-speed high-speed internet services to people who currently do not have access. .
Starlink is one of a growing number of small satellite manufacturers that also includes Kuiper from Amazon.com, UK OneWeb, Venture-backed Planet, and Blue Canyon Technologies from Raytheon Technologies Corp.