SpaceX gets closer to a private beta of its Starlink internet service
The Starlink dish — see image above, which was also unearthed from the Starlink support page — SpaceX will send to testers as part of a kit needs a view of the Northern Sky to be able to communicate with those satellites. That kit also includes a router, which already got FCC approval, and a mount. SpaceX warns that the connection will likely be intermittent at first as its team works to optimize the network and that testers will not be allowed to share their experience to the public. Testers also won’t have to pay anything to be part of the program and will only be charged $1 to help test the billing system.
SpaceX has been sending Starlink satellites to orbit in batches since 2019. It’s hoping to send up to 42,000 satellites into orbit by the time it’s done in order to provide internet access even in the most remote areas on the planet. For 2020, in particular, it’s planning up to two dozen Starlink launches that will add over 1,500 satellites to its current constellation.