SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private space company, has already launched 2,600 Starlink satellites into space for broadband Internet connectivity.
The constellation of Starlink broadband Internet access satellites continues to grow after Space X has already launched 2,600 of these satellites. Of these, 2,350 are still in orbit and 2,320 are operational.
This represents a significant percentage of the total number of satellites in low orbit, around 6,000, as the first phase of this constellation continues to progress and will culminate when 4,408 satellites are already located in five layers that will be distributed over part of the Earth’s surface.
The layer occupied by the Starlink satellites is located between 540 and 570 km altitude, with each layer ranging from 172 to 1584 satellites. The inclination of the different layers also varies, between 53º and 90º, in order to be able to offer the greatest coverage to the greatest possible amount of land surface.
32 countries on 4 continents
Starlink’s goal is to establish a constellation of 42,000 satellites around the Earth to provide its users with global broadband Internet access with the only requirement being an open sky and a small antenna. Currently, 32 countries in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region have access to the Starlink network. By 2023, coverage is expected to begin in several African territories.
So far this year, SpaceX has already successfully launched thirteen missions dedicated exclusively to delivering Starlink satellites into orbit using its popular Falcon reusable rockets, which are capable of returning to base via a controlled landing. This is making the usually expensive process of getting equipment into Earth orbit much cheaper and is an important part of the success of this company and this project.