Elon Musk has announced that Starlink satellite internet service is now available on all seven continents, including Antarctica.
The Starlink network is primarily intended for people in rural areas who do not have access to telecommunications infrastructure on the ground. Last week, in a major step to install terminals in the world’s most extreme locations, Mr. Musk’s SpaceX even tested one of its Starlink internet terminals at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
On Monday, Mr. Musk officially announced on Twitter: “Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica.”
Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica https://t.co/Q1VvqV5G0i
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 19, 2022
In an earlier tweethe also said that Starlink will only be used for peaceful uses.
According to SpaceX’s website, “Starlink Internet works by sending information through the vacuum of space, where it travels much faster than in fiber optic cable and can reach many more people and places.”
“With fast speeds and latency as low as 20ms in most locations, Starlink enables video calling, online gaming, streaming and other high-data-rate activities that were historically not possible with satellite internet,” the website said.
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According to space.comSpaceX has already launched more than 3,200 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. This number is expected to grow to even greater proportions as Musk’s rocket company has permission to loft 12,000 Starlink spacecraft, and the company has sought permission from an international regulator to launch an additional 30,000 satellites into orbit.
According to the outlet, SpaceX also plans to launch Starlink Version 2 satellites next year, which are much larger and more capable than the current iteration. Elon Musk has stated that the next-generation spacecraft can beam directly to smartphones.