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Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite Internet will be in private beta test in three months


This week, SpaceX successfully launched a new batch of

60 satellites
for its broadband Internet access service

Starlink

. 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

SpaceX

and Tesla has

confirmed

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

inaugurated Starlink

by sending a tweet.

Starlink to Provide Broadband Internet to Places with Access
    was unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable
“, Announcement

SpaceX

. 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.

Elon Musk

has promised to respond to their concerns, but for now
    launches follow. Another batch of 60 satellites is expected to take off in
    may.

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