SpaceX is Elon Musk’s other company and it plans to launch global high speed internet, through a network of satellites worldwide in space.
According to the company, “SpaceX is leveraging its experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy the world’s most advanced broadband internet system.”
“With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable,” reads the Starlink website.
As for when Starlink high speed broadband internet will launch in Canada? SpaceX’s Starlink website says it is “targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020,” while “expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021.”
Yesterday, SpaceX deployed an additional 60 Starlink satellites into space, thanks to the company’s Falcon 9 reusable rocket, the third launch of these satellites.
As for how many more Starlink satellite launches required before the internet service will be operational in Canada and Northern U.S.? Musk clarified on Twitter “at least 4”, in response to the question, most likely referring to four launches of 60 satellite payloads. (updated).
You can watch the third SpaceX Starlink satellite launch from yesterday in the video below. It took place at the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida:
SpaceX hopes to launch 30,000 Starlink satellites into space with well 23 planned future launches to come.
The offering of direct to consumer high speed broadband internet would signal a way for Canadians to get online without needing to subscribe to services from traditional telecom providers.