From Wi-Fi 6 to 5G, the march toward ever more bandwidth continues. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about affordable internet from the sky; Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Starlink satellites:
SpaceX will need to make six to eight more successful Starlink launches. Each Starlink launch puts up 60 small satellites. These launches will put up enough satellites to deliver service to customers in the continental US. According to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, SpaceX needs about 400 Starlink satellites to provide “minor” coverage and 800 for “moderate” coverage. For global coverage, 24 more launches will be needed. When all is said and done, the Starlink constellation of satellites may have as many as 30,000 satellites.
What’s the price tag? What’s affordable? $80 a month?