According to an announcement Elon MuskThe project Starlink of the space company SpaceX, which aims to provide a global broadband satellite service, will be operational in October, one month later than originally planned.
As Musk confirmed in Twitter, the company received "good reviews" from Starlink beta 10 users and now plans to release beta 10.1, which users can look for from this Friday, before the official launch next month.
Beta services are currently available in 11 different countries.
SpaceX announced that as part of the beta service, users expect data speeds ranging from 50Mbps to 150Mbps and a delay of 20ms to 40ms in "most locations in the coming months", while the Starlink project continues to improve. There will also be short periods where there will be no connection, the company added.
SpaceX shipped 100.000 terminals to its customers in August. At the time, Musk noted that approval for telco services was still pending in "many more countries."
SpaceX has caught the eye in recent days, mainly because of the first private shipment crew sent into orbit around the Earth. The crew returned safely on Saturday.
After three days in orbit around the Earth at altitudes of 590 kilometers above the Earth's surface, its crew Inspiration4 was launched off the coast of Florida at 7:06 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2021, on the fully automated spacecraft Crew Dragon.
The four members of the crew were the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, Jared Issacman, the cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, the geoscientist Sian Proctor and the aerospace officer Chris Sembroski. Everyone went through six months of training before the mission.
During its multi-day voyage, the crew carried out scientific research to improve human health on Earth and in future long-haul spaceflight. Some of the research was done to measure movement, sleep, heart rate and rhythm, blood oxygen, cabin noise and light intensity.
Inspiration4 also raised more than $ 210 million to help children with cancer in St Jude Children's Research Hospital.