SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, deploying more than 60 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit.
The latest Falcon 9 launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center comes exactly two weeks after the last batch of 60 Starlink satellites and now brings SpaceX’s Starlink constellations to 788 as the company prepares for a public beta of satellite service. This was the 13th Starlink launch.
“As our Starlink network is still in its early stages, the Starlink team continues to test the system, collect latency data and service speed tests,” SpaceX said in a statement.
SpaceX notes that the team recently installed Starlink terminals in 20 private homes in the Administrative Center building and on the Hoh Tribe Reservation located in a remote area of western Washington State.
The emergency-management unit of the Washington State Army began using seven Starlink end-user terminals in early August as part of a response to rebuilding the fire-resistant parts of the state. Washington first responders stationed terminals to residents in Malden, Washington.
Last week, SpaceX was confirmed to qualify to bid for the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), providing ISSP with up to $ 16bn to distribute broadband for undersanding and unreserved portions is.
Depending on the outcome, funding may help SpaceX reduce the cost of its end-user terminals, which according to Musk are the biggest challenges.
In addition to homes in remote villages, Musk suggests that dishes can be deployed on trains and this week Confirmed that they can be used on trucks.
The company’s public beta for satellite broadband service will first be made available in the northern parts of the US and possibly southern Canada.
Musk has previously stated that SpaceX will need about 800 satellites to provide moderate coverage of North America.
SpaceX has recently revealed Internet performance tests that display download speeds between 102Mbps to 103Mbps, upload speeds of around 40.5Mbps, and latency of 18 milliseconds to 19 milliseconds.
Starlink user speed tests posted on TestMy.Net show an average download speed of 37.04Mbps, with a top speed of 91.04Mbps.