An internet Starlink dish appears to be equipped the Starship SN15 where SpaceX is preparing for its test flight, which is likely to take place this week. As Carter Goode discovered, he spotted a Starlink dish on Starship SN15, as the next-generation craft is on the takeoff platform of the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
So far the Starlink SpaceX project is proceeding normally with more than 1300 satellites orbiting the earth. The goal of the Starlink project is to place up to 42,000 satellites over the next few years so that internet access is truly global.
Starlink’s broadband network already operates in parts of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland and the UK, while some aircraft and cargo ships are also expected to use it. Speeds will compete with current fibre-optic broadband, but Starlink is not built to serve people in populated areas.
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The rationale behind Starlink’s idea is to offer internet connectivity in remote locations where Internet access is partially or completely impossible. SpaceX aims to continue expanding its Starlink network to achieve “near-universal population coverage in 2021.”
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk also said this huge project would be used to fund its plans to make man’s colonisation on the planet Mars possible. The billionaire has often spoken of his goal of turning humanity into a multi-planetary species in order to ensure his future survival.