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What is SpaceX Starlink?

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Starlink is a super-fast internet service provided by satellite. Because communication satellites are too far away to establish anything more than a slow connection, satellite broadband internet was previously unattainable. However, SpaceX Starlink's service, which uses satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), may deliver a fast enough connection, perhaps a gigabit per second, to appeal to consumers in rural areas and other locations where broadband internet has hitherto been pricey or unreachable. That isn't going to persuade astrophotographers, who are watching Starlink wreak havoc on their hobby, as seen by this image.

How many SpaceX Starlink satellites are there now?


Currently, about 500 Starlink satellites are in orbit. SpaceX, on the other hand, plans to launch 12,000 satellites by the mid-2020s, including 8,000 in a 500km orbit and 4,000 in a 1,200km orbit. In the future, SpaceX might have as many as 42,000 broadband internet satellites in orbit. However, this is simply one company. Others are also creating mega-constellations, which may provide a growing and long-term challenge to astronomers. Though the satellites are most visible at the start and end of the night, they are visible all night.


What impact may SpaceX Starlink satellites have on science and astronomy?

Although the brightness of Starlink satellites is no longer impacting images taken by astrophotographers, professional astronomers are concerned that it is affecting critical observations. The most significant threat is to wide-field sky surveys, which are used to detect approaching meteors and comets, among other things. The brightness of SpaceX's Starlink constellation, for example, is expected to be extremely damaging to Chile's $466 million Vera Rubin Observatory, which is set to "first light" in 2022. It will survey the whole visible sky in three nights, generating a moving representation of our Universe. The brightness of Starlink satellites may affect much of their data.


What steps is SpaceX doing to address this issue?


Is SpaceX able to solve the problem? VisorSats, which are outfitted with shields to block sunlight from reaching the spacecraft's brightest components, are used on all 57 of the newest Starlink satellites, which launched earlier this month. Astronomers, both amateur and professional, are upset, but SpaceX is clearly concerned and striving to remedy the issue. Is a solution feasible, or will the situation worsen? Is it worth paying a greater price for better connectivity?


In any event, when it comes to mega-constellations, the occasional comet photobombing may be the least of astronomy's worries.


For residential purpose


Starlink is a global provider of high-speed, low-latency broadband internet. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis within each coverage region. Streaming, video chats, online gaming, and other activities are now enabled with Starlink, which was previously not feasible with satellite internet. The world's biggest constellation of highly sophisticated satellites operating in a low orbit above the Earth enables Starlink's high-speed, low-latency service.


For business purpose


Starlink Business has more than double the antenna capacity of Starlink, resulting in quicker internet speeds and better throughput. Check availability by ordering now.


Increased dependability for high-demand users: With a higher gain antenna, increased throughput allocation, and improved harsh weather performance, Starlink Business helps provide bandwidth for important activities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Higher download speeds and low latency: Starlink Business users may anticipate download rates of up to 350 Mbps and latency of 20-40ms, offering high throughput connection for offices with up to 20 people, storefronts, and demanding workloads worldwide. There are no long-term commitments, data limitations, or exclusivity conditions with Starlink.


Simple installation and priority support: Your Starlink Business Kit includes everything you need to go online, including your Starlink, wifi router, cables, and base. Customers of Starlink Business will receive 24/7 priority service and a publicly routable IPv4 address.


Starlink has an unlimited number of service stations, making it perfect for rural and distant areas. Order as many Starlink kits as you need and manage them all from a single account.


Starlink for RVs


Access high-speed, low-latency internet on an as-needed basis from any location where Starlink has active service.


Travel with Starlink: With the Portability add-on, Starlink customers may take the same high-speed, low-latency service they have at home to any area where Starlink provides service. For people who want to live on the road, Starlink for RVs allows customers to suspend and resume service based on their specific travel requirements.


Work and play in remote locations: Starlink for RVs is great for clients who are going to areas where connectivity is intermittent or altogether absent. Users may anticipate high-speed, low-latency internet in locations labeled "High Capacity" and noticeably slower speeds during peak hours in regions labeled "Low Capacity" or during events with a large number of collocated users. Starlink for RVs is not intended for use while driving.


Pay as you go: Starlink for RVs allows customers to halt and resume service at any time and is invoiced in one-month increments, allowing them to tailor their service to their specific travel needs.


Simple installation: Starlink for RVs ships instantly and includes everything you need to go online in minutes. To connect, Starlink requires a good view of the sky.


Starlink maritime


High-speed, low-latency internet with download speeds of up to 350 Mbps when at sea.


Connectivity at sea across the world: From cargo ships to oil rigs to luxury yachts, Starlink Maritime allows you to connect from the most distant waterways around the world, just as you would in the office or at home.

Starlink is tough enough to endure rocket landings, in addition to withstanding extreme cold, heat, hail, sleet, heavy rain, and gale-force winds.


Starlink is now being utilized to capture high-quality video of SpaceX rocket landings at sea, providing continuous coverage in the face of engines capable of producing up to 190,000 pounds of thrust.

Starlink Maritime gear has a tiny footprint, requires little above-deck space, and comes with an easy-to-install mount. Starlink requires a clear view of the sky.


Secure fleet administration and remote monitoring: Manage and monitor your Starlink fleet from a single gateway. End-to-end encryption is used by Starlink to secure your data and the secrecy of user communication.


Pay as you go: Starlink Maritime allows customers to halt and resume service at any time, and is invoiced in one-month increments, allowing them to tailor their service to their specific needs.


Starlink aviation


High-speed, low-latency in-flight internet with global coverage. Deliveries will begin in 2023.


Streaming, video conversations, gaming, and other activities are possible at any altitude because Starlink can transport up to 350 Mbps to each plane, allowing all passengers to enjoy streaming-capable internet at the same time. Passengers may engage in previously unavailable in-flight activities like video conversations, online gaming, virtual private networks, and other high data rate activities with latency as low as 20 ms.


Starlink, the world's biggest satellite network with coverage over land, seas, and polar areas, is well-positioned to connect passengers wherever your flight routes expand.


Superior technology: Starlink's low-profile Aero Terminal has an electronically guided phased array antenna, enabling unprecedented levels of dependability, redundancy, and performance.


Convenient installation: The streamlined design of Starlink allows for installs with little downtime and integrates nicely with other routine maintenance checks. Your Aero Terminal, power supply, two wireless access points, and harnesses are all included in your Starlink Aviation Kit.


Hardware and support: There are no long-term contracts, and all plans offer unlimited data. Your gear is covered by warranty for the duration of your subscription to the service.

World's most advanced broadband satellite internet


Starlink is the world's first and biggest satellite constellation, operating in low Earth orbit to provide broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video chats, and other applications. Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency internet to customers all over the world by using modern satellites and user devices, as well as our extensive expertise with both spacecraft and on-orbit operations.


How Starlink works?


The majority of satellite internet services are provided by single geostationary satellites that circle the Earth at 35,786 kilometers. As a result, the round trip data time between the user and the satellite, commonly known as latency, is considerable, making streaming, online gaming, video chats, and other high data rate activities almost impossible. Starlink is a network of hundreds of satellites that circle the earth at a considerably closer distance, around 550 kilometers, and cover the whole globe. Because Starlink satellites are in low orbit, latency is much lower, often about 20 ms vs 600+ ms.


Features
  • Less bulk, more compact: Each satellite has a tiny, flat panel design that lowers volume, enabling a dense launch stack to fully use the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's launch capabilities.

  • Collision avoidance: Starlink satellites navigate independently to avoid collisions with orbital junk and other spacecraft. This feature lowers human error and delivers remarkable dependability, far above the industry norm.

  • Star tracker: Starlink's proprietary built-in navigation sensors examine the sky to detect each satellite's location, altitude, and orientation, allowing for exact broadband throughput deployment.

  • Starlink is testing fully functioning optical space lasers (optical inter-satellite connections (ISLs)) on its satellites, which allow the spacecraft to send data without the need for local ground stations, enabling completely worldwide coverage.

  • Antennas: To improve capacity, each Starlink satellite employs four strong phased array antennas and two parabolic antennas.

  • Propulsion systems with Icons: Starlink satellites can orbit lift, maneuver in space, and deorbit because of efficient icon thrusters driven by krypton. Starlink is the world's first krypton-powered spaceship.

  • Starlink satellites use a single solar array, which simplifies the system greatly. Solar cells are standardized and simple to include in production processes.

Easy self-install


Your Starlink Kit includes everything you need to go online quickly, including your Starlink, WiFi router, cables, and base.


Specifications



Standard

Applications: It is ideal for home users and common internet applications such as streaming, video calls, online gaming, and so on.

Starlink
  • Antenna: Electronic Phased Array

  • Orientation: Motorized Self Orienting

  • Environmental Rating: IP54

  • Snow Melt Capability: Up to 40mm / hour (1.5in / hour)

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Field of View: 100°

  • Average Power Usage: 50-75W

Starlink wifi router

  • Wi-Fi Technology: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards

  • Chipset: Wi-Fi 5

  • Radio: Dual Band - 3 x 3 MIMO

  • Security: WPA2

  • Environmental Rating: IP54, configured for indoor use

  • Range: Up to 185m² (2000sqft)

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Mesh: Compatible with up to 12 Starlink Mesh nodes - Available to customers in the shop

  • Ethernet Adapter: Available to customers in the shop

High performance


Applications: These are best suited for power users, business, and corporate applications. It enables faster speeds at high temperatures, connects to more satellites, and is more resistant to adverse weather.


What's in the box?

Everything you need to connect to the internet is included in your Starlink Kit, including your Starlink, WiFi router, power supply, cables, and base.

Starlink
  • Antenna: Electronic Phased Array

  • Orientation: Motorized Self Orienting

  • Environmental Rating: IP56

  • Snow Melt Capability: Up to 75mm / hour (3in / hour)

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Field of View: 140°

  • Average Power Usage: 110-150W

Starlink wifi router
  • Wi-Fi Technology: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards

  • Chipset: Wi-Fi 5

  • Radio: Dual Band - 3 x 3 MIMO

  • Security: WPA2

  • Environmental Rating: IP54, configured for indoor use

  • Range: Up to 185m² (2000sqft)

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Mesh: Compatible with up to 12 Starlink Mesh node

Starlink power supply
  • Environmental Rating: IP56

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Grounding: Dedicated Earth Terminal

  • Mounting: Wall Mount Included

Flat high performance

Application: Created for mobile applications and difficult situations. Currently accessible only to Maritime clients. It enables faster speeds at high temperatures, connects to more satellites, and is more resistant to adverse weather.


What's in the box?

Everything you need to connect to the internet is included in your Starlink Kit, including your Starlink, wedge mount kit, router, router mount, power supply, power supply mount, and cables.

Starlink
  • Antenna: Electronic Phased Array

  • Orientation: Fixed

  • Environmental Rating: IP56

  • Snow Melt Capability: Up to 75mm / hour (3in / hour)

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Field of View: 140°

  • Average Power Usage: 110-150W

  • Wind Rating: Survivable: 280 kph+ (174 mph+)

  • Mounting: Wedge Mount Kit Included

Starlink WiFi Router
  • Wi-Fi Technology: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards

  • Chipset: Wi-Fi 5

  • Radio: Dual Band - 3 x 3 MIMO

  • Security: WPA2

  • Environmental Rating: IP54, configured for indoor use

  • Range: Up to 185m² (2000sqft)

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Mesh: Compatible with up to 12 Starlink Mesh nodes

  • Mounting: Wall Mount Included

Starlink power supply
  • Environmental Rating: IP56

  • Operating Temperature: -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F)

  • Grounding: Dedicated Earth Terminal

  • Mounting: Wall Mount Included



Mounts & accessories


Once your Starlink is ready to ship, mounts designed to permanently place on a roof, pole, or wall to prevent obstacles are available for purchase on the Starlink Shop. There are also cable routing kits, increased cable lengths, mesh nodes, and ethernet adapters available.


Regular access to space


SpaceX, the world's premier provider of launch services, is the only satellite operator capable of launching its own satellites as needed. Starlink satellites are regularly updated with the latest technology thanks to frequent, low-cost launches.


Leader in space sustainability


Starlink not only leads the market in satellite brightness reduction advances but also in on-orbit debris mitigation, achieving or exceeding all regulatory and industry standards.


Engineered by SpaceX


SpaceX is deploying the world's most sophisticated broadband internet system, utilizing its experience developing rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX has extensive expertise with both spacecraft and on-orbit operations as the world's largest supplier of launch services and the only company with an orbital-class reusable rocket.


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