Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s (SpaceX) satellite internet service, Starlink, continues to deliver blazing fast download speeds to its users. Starlink is currently in its beta launch stage, and users in the United States have signed up for the service. Internet test results of the service received by Wccftech reveal that while Starlink continues to outperform its competitors, HughesNet and Viasat, speeds also continue to vary; a fact that reflects the beta nature of the release.
Starlink Offers Industry-Leading Download Speed for California Users
Courtesy of a reader from Sonoma County, California, who was kind enough to provide us with the results of their internet speed tests for the SpaceX service, we can take a brief look at what the service is currently capable of offering.
The results show a varying level of scores, the lower end of which still starts higher than what SpaceX’s competitors offer. PCMag data in October last revealed that HughesNet and Viasat were able to offer average download speeds of ~ 20Mbps and ~ 25Mbps respectively.
Starlink, on the other hand, has more than doubled HughesNet’s download speed for the lowest scores from our Californian readers. Of the six results we shared with us, the lowest download speed for SpaceX satellite internet was 44 Mbps, which also increased to 46 Mbps and 47 Mbps in subsequent tests.
In details SpaceX shared with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in October, the company revealed that the average download speed for the service was 80 Mbps, having increased from 43 Mbps in September.
While the 40Mbps range is for the low end of today’s test results, the high end reflects the results we’ve covered before. For example, a user in Montana shared the results of his tests in January this year with a download speed of 190 Mbps. This result was surpassed by users in Seattle and New York earlier this week, who reported download speeds. 230 Mbps and 240 Mbps respectively.
The highest download speed our user was able to achieve was 200 Mbps, which is in line with what others have reported as well. All of these tests were carried out on an Apple iPad Mini, with the test with the highest score being performed approximately four days after the first five tests.
SpaceX markets Starlink as a service that promises to bring Internet connectivity to rural areas and other underserved regions of the United States. Unlike other satellite Internet providers, the company plans to operate thousands of small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This is one of the lowest orbital shells for a spacecraft, and the company’s decision is influenced by its desire to reduce latency (the time it takes for a signal to travel to and from a user terminal) and to be able to deorbit. quickly the spaceship in case they malfunction.
For this last front, the company has also signed an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through which the two will share data for NASA and the parameters of the Starlink satellite to avoid setbacks. SpaceX will also work with the space agency to adapt its satellite launch schedules to ensure a trajectory that does not overlap with NASA’s manned and unmanned missions.
The company is also fighting within the halls of the FCC to secure approval of its third Starlink modification. This modification proposes to reduce the altitudes of the satellites and change the angles of the ground stations, changes that SpaceX’s competitors, such as Amazon and DISH, have opposed, claiming that they will significantly affect their services.