A Starlink user terminal is created.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has so far received more than 500,000 orders for the satellite Internet service, the company announced on Tuesday.
“To date, over half a million people have placed an order or paid down a deposit for Starlink,” said SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj during the launch of her 26th Starlink mission.
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It is also now the world’s largest satellite constellation with more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to date.
In October, SpaceX launched a public beta program for Starlink with a service that cost $ 99 a month, in addition to a $ 499 price prior to ordering the Starlink Kit, which includes a user terminal and Wi-Fi router to connect to the satellites .
The company then began accepting $ 99 pre-orders for Starlink in early February, although SpaceX stressed that the pre-orders are “fully refundable” and note in small print that “placing a deposit does not guarantee service.”
Three months ago, in an application to federal regulators, SpaceX revealed that Starlink had “over 10,000 users in the United States and abroad” from February.
While SpaceX’s announcement of over half a million orders indicates an increasing demand for its service, it’s unclear how many of these orders are converted to monthly users or are in areas that Starlink will service.
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