More than 1,700 Starlink satellites are currently in orbit, providing Internet access to around 100,000 Starlink beta testers worldwide. But soon the project will leave the beta stage.
According to Elon Musk's plan, 12 thousand Starlink satellites should be launched into orbit, and later he wants to increase their number to 30 thousand units. This will provide Internet access to all corners of the planet. The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 10 billion.
Elon Musk previously confirmed that the final version of Starlink should be launched next month when the beta testing of the project is completed. The number of Starlink users is expected to skyrocket by the end of the year. At the same time, there will be a limitation on the number of subscribers imposed by both the laws of physics and the laws of countries. In the US, SpaceX has received permission to provide Internet access to only 1 million terminals but is already working on obtaining a license for 5 million terminals.
Starlink performance is not quite stable yet - throughput is determined by even more factors than regular broadband. Elon Musk's satellite Internet is suitable for those who live in rural areas where there are few buildings, but trees can also be a problem.
A Starlink subscription currently costs $ 99 / month, with a $ 499 upfront payment for the terminal, mounting stand and router as well.