Starting at midday PT/3PM ET Saturday, a gaggle of SpaceX engineers engaged on the Starlink satellite tv for pc undertaking will reply questions on Reddit about its Higher than Nothing Beta program. The last word objective of the Starlink program is to supply international web protection from house, and SpaceX launched the general public beta check final month, after introducing a personal beta over the summer season.
Beta customers had to purchase all the Starlink floor gear for $499 after which pay a $99 month-to-month price for lively service to take part in this system. An e mail to these invited to the general public beta mentioned customers may “anticipate to see knowledge speeds differ from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the subsequent a number of months as we improve the Starlink system.” The e-mail additionally indicated there can be transient durations of no connectivity, and that latency and knowledge speeds would enhance as the corporate prepares to launch extra satellites and installs extra floor gear.
SpaceX already has launched into low-Earth orbit 900 of the deliberate 12,000 satellites wanted for the Starlink system. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has mentioned the corporate wants 800 satellites in house to supply “vital operational capabilities.”
To ask questions of Starlink engineers (and there’s already a queue with greater than 500 feedback), go to the official Starlink Reddit page. The AMA runs from midday to 1PM PST.