SpaceX completed its first launch this year, and the number of Starlink satellites in orbit has reached 2,000

A few days ago, it was reported that SpaceX has launched more satellites into orbit and updated information about the current Starlink Internet service. It is reported that the company used the Falcon 9 rocket to put 49 Starlink satellites into orbit on January 6, and after this launch, the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit has reached nearly 2,000.

It is reported that this year SpaceX will continue to expand and upgrade its satellite Internet services, and its latest launch is also the 35th Starlink satellite launch since 2019. And in January, SpaceX hopes to complete as many as four more launches, with 40-60 launches planned for 2022.

It is worth noting that this launch is an upgraded version of the satellite, which is designed to enable the satellites to communicate with each other as well, and the company has equipped it with a special laser link, in this way, the satellites can communicate with each other more efficiently. communication without having to rely on terrestrial relay stations.

SpaceX completed its first launch this year, and the number of Starlink satellites in orbit has reached 2,000

In terms of user data, SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson said in the webcast of the first satellite launch this year that the Starlink satellite Internet service currently has more than 145,000 users in 25 countries, but the growth in the number of users has slowed. It is reported that as of November last year, SpaceX has added about 11,000 users per month since the Starlink Internet service began in October 2020. At the end of last year, SpaceX pointed out that “the shortage of silicon chips has delayed the production of Starlink user terminals, which has affected our ability to fulfill orders.”

Then in December, Speedtest.net, a global broadband network speed test website, released statistics about a number of satellite Internet service providers in the third quarter of 2021. According to statistics, the average download speed of SpaceX Starlink satellite Internet in the United States, Australia, Germany, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Belgium and other regions is faster than the average speed of local fixed broadband, but the delay is higher than that of fixed broadband. Among them, in the United States, the Internet speed of Starlink satellites was basically the same month-on-month, and the median download speed dropped from 97.23Mbps in the second quarter of this year to 87.25Mbps, which may be caused by the increase in the number of users; and in terms of upload speed, the average upload speed of Starlink It was 13.54Mbps, lower than the 13.89Mbps in the second quarter of this year.

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