This week, SpaceX successfully launched a new batch of
for its broadband Internet access service
. Its constellation now has more than 400 satellites evolving in
low Earth orbit and SpaceX has the green light to launch more than
12,000 in the coming years.
Elon Musk just announced that a “private beta” test of the service will start in about three months, followed by a test
beta open to the public about three months later, for applicants
living in certain countries.
Responding to a question on Twitter, the boss of
and Tesla has
that Germany was one of the countries “far enough north” to be included in Starlink tests. This could mean that much of northern Europe, Canada and
of the northernmost regions of the United States could be
eligible. As a reminder, last October, Elon Musk
by sending a tweet.
“ Starlink to Provide Broadband Internet to Places with Access
was unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable “, Announcement
. No pricing has yet been announced.
Ultimately, the Starlink constellation could rise to more than 40,000
satellites. This project has its detractors, in particular the
scientists who worry about the impact that this unprecedented number of
satellites could have on astronomical observations.
has promised to respond to their concerns, but for now
launches follow. Another batch of 60 satellites is expected to take off in