SpaceX has taken another step towards expanding its satellite internet by opening pre-orders for Starlink to everyone. As part of the beta testing, it was possible to buy equipment for accessing satellite Internet only by receiving an invitation to participate in the program, but now you can enter your data and pay a deposit of $ 99.
After that, the date will appear – 2021 or 2022, depending on the location.
Further, when the Starlink satellite network reaches the location, it will be necessary to pay $ 499 for the Starlink Kit, which includes a Wi-Fi router and a dish. in addition, the monthly payment will be another 99 dollars. The website states that you can cancel a pre-order and get all the money back.
Starlink limited testing started at the end of 2020 and now has more than 10 thousand people. Already, the speed of downloading files via satellite reaches 100 Mbps, and the delay does not exceed 35 ms. There are already more than 1,000 satellites in orbit, but ten times as many will be required for full coverage.
The head of SpaceX Elon Musk noted that in the future Starlink may be listed on the stock exchange, but everything will depend on the financial situation, since SpaceX is now in a deep hole of huge expenses.