Spacex Starlink internet service arrives in Antarctica making high-speed internet available in all seven continents.
The National Science Foundation announced the milestone in a tweet on Wednesday. The scientists posted they were over the moon and were testing a Starlink dish at the McMurdo Station, at a U.S. research facility located on the island right off the coast of Antarctica to provide increased internet bandwidth.
SpaceX in response to the tweet said, with Starlink available in all seven continents users can get high-speed broadband in remote areas of the world.
Starlink is now on all seven continents! In such a remote location like Antarctica, this capability is enabled by Starlink’s space laser network https://t.co/c9HX0xrX0u
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 14, 2022
Antarctica Gets Faster broadband speeds for the First Time
SpaceX Starlink has always been pushing to bring revolutionary internet speeds to everyone on the planet.
In 2021, SpaceX won approval to fly satellites to provide internet services to people. They are currently underway with their plans and have even had a U.S appeal court uphold their decision.
According to PC Magazine, The McMurdo Station has just reached their milestone with the new internet service. The McMurdo Station previously relied on satellite connections and wouldn’t even be able to provide quality internet shares to a single research facility. Their new connection is over ten times speedier and can share the internet to 1,000 people at once.
Starlink offers a faster and more reliable broadband service with satellites in lower orbits. This allows for download speeds as high as 200Mbps, with plans for up to 350Mbps speeds for businesses.
By 2029, Peter Neff, glaciologist and assistant research professor at the University of Minnesota, believes that high-speed internet could change the fundamental experience of living in Antarctica.
Why Does the Space Laser Network Not Require Ground Stations?
This isn’t the only remote region that SpaceX is exploring. The Starlink satellites provide coverage to as many places at once, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any place. SpaceX sent 46 satellites into space in July that will be in service by 2023. It will cover Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and the Nordic countries
The SpaceX project released 51 upgraded relay stations into orbit around Earth’s poles, ‘minimizing time lost relaying data through ground stations’. The release used ‘new internet beacons’ that use satellite-to-satellite laser communications.
By the end of 2019, SpaceX plans to launch over 12,000 Starlink satellites into orbit. This accounts for three quarters of a planned total fleet size of 16,000 satellites.
After the launch of Starlink Version 2, operating in 2020, SpaceX plans to beam service directly to smartphones. This will be possible with a project called Coverage Above and Beyond which will provide T-Mobile customers with connectivity anywhere.
The next-gen satellite will be launched using Starship – the rocket-spaceship combo that SpaceX is building to transport humans and cargo to Mars and the Moon. Revenues from the broadband constellation will fund Starship.
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