Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a banner year, and apparently things are just getting better: Tuesday, the announced the company that it has received up to 500,000 orders for its satellite internet service, Starlink.
“So far, more than half a million people have placed an order or paid down a deposit for Starlink,” said SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj during a launch broadcast events its 26th Starlink mission.
Starlink is SpaceX’s planned interconnected Internet network, which already includes thousands of active satellites – a matrix known in the space industry as a constellation – that is designed to work together in sequence to provide high speed internet to consumers all over the globe.
Back in December 2020, Starlink won one massive government contract – with a value of $ 885 million – to provide high-speed Internet to suburban rural areas in the United States The contract came only two months after SpaceX had begun a public beta program for Starlink, internet service pricing at $ 99 a month on top of a $ 499 upfront price that includes a user terminal and a Wi-Fi router to connect to the satellites.
In its current form, Starlink is already the world’s largest satellite constellation with currently more than 1,500 Starlink satellites in orbit.
Despite the announcement of over half a million orders already in play, these numbers are subject to change; from now on by all those orders are still “completely refundable. ” In a Tuesday tweet, Musk acknowledged himself that the preliminary sales figures were also limited by “high density of users in urban areas. ”
“Most likely, all the first 500k will receive service, ”he wrote. “More of a challenge when we get into the multi-million user area. ”