Starlink, the project of SpaceX Y Elon Musk, has begun to expand its coverage to more countries in the world and has announced its arrival in Spain and the United Kingdom in beta way. But, since it already has approval for the creation of stations in Chile and Argentina, it will debut in some countries of Latin America (included Peru) this same 2021, so we will soon witness this “revolution”.
With the start date of operations in 2015, this program is made up of low orbit satellites on the planet that provide internet to your home receivers. Although there are already more than a thousand satellites deployed, it is expected to reach 12 thousand for give internet coverage to much of the world, especially to those areas where geography makes it impossible for local operators to work. The system works without wiring: just with a receiving antenna and the home modem.
Its beta mode, its prices and its new coverage
“Better than nothing” is the name of the beta and it is because it is still far from the final goals of the company. Besides being in few countries (for now), Internet download speed reaches 150 Mbps (with latencies of 20 and 40 ms), which is average compared to local services, but that it’s still a long way from the 1 Gbps that Musk has promised.
For the moment, for Latin America has already opened the page to preorder the service for 99 dollars (the value of the monthly service fee). According to the company, this will be the plan to start operations in the region:
- Before mid-2021: Chile
- By the end of 2021: Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay
- By 2022: Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Uruguay
The initial cost for the user is 598 dollars (one-time payment for the first month): 499 for the kit that includes the circular antenna with tripod wiring and the home router plus the monthly service cost of $ 99, which must be paid in advance (and if you wish, in the preorder) together with the purchase of the kit.
However, for our region and countries such as Spain, this amount will have to be increased $ 60 team shipping, giving a total initial expense of $ 658. Be careful, if you regret it, you can request a refund.
A headache for science
Although it does not generate more aerial wiring in cities, it does interrupt the sciences of exploration of the universe.
Astronomers and science amateurs have been the main detractors of the project. Each Starlink launch leaves a trail of dots in the sky, which are actually satellites being deployed in low orbit. However, they interfere with space photography. A special case was the passage of comet NEOWISE, which was totally overshadowed by them.
Likewise, its presence makes it difficult to study waves and more sources of analysis from the universe.
“Astronomical studies have seen flashes of light reflected occasionally from satellites; those flashes can cause false alarms in studies looking for new events in the sky.“said Hank Corbett, a graduate student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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