Beginning at midday PT/3PM ET Saturday, a group of SpaceX engineers working on the Starlink satellite tv for pc challenge will reply questions on Reddit about its Better than Nothing Beta program. The final objective of the Starlink program is to supply international web protection from area, and SpaceX launched the public beta take a look at final month, after introducing a private beta over the summer season.
Beta customers had to purchase the entire Starlink floor tools for $499 after which pay a $99 month-to-month charge for lively service to take part in this system. An e-mail to these invited to the general public beta stated customers may “expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system.” The e-mail additionally indicated there can be transient intervals of no connectivity, and that latency and information speeds would enhance as the corporate prepares to launch extra satellites and installs extra floor tools.
SpaceX already has launched into low-Earth orbit 900 of the deliberate 12,000 satellites wanted for the Starlink system. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has stated the corporate wants 800 satellites in area to supply “significant operational capabilities.”
To ask questions of Starlink engineers (and there’s already a queue with extra than 500 feedback), go to the official Starlink Reddit page. The AMA runs from midday to 1PM PST.