SpaceX’s Starlink web service has greater than 145,000 customers to date


A Starlink consumer terminal, also referred to as an antenna or satellite tv for pc dish, on the roof of a constructing.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Thursday gave an replace on its Starlink web service, as the corporate launched extra satellites into orbit.

SpaceX engineer Jessie Anderson mentioned throughout a webcast of the corporate’s first launch of the yr that Starlink now has greater than 145,000 customers in 25 international locations world wide. That is up from 140,000 customers in early November however represents a slowdown in consumer progress.

The corporate launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Thursday, carrying 49 Starlink satellites towards orbit.

Starlink is the corporate’s plan to construct an interconnected web community with hundreds of satellites — recognized within the area business as a constellation. It is designed to ship high-speed web to shoppers wherever on the planet. SpaceX has about 1,800 Starlink satellites in orbit.

The rise of 5,000 customers in two months represents a slowdown in progress. Till November, SpaceX had added roughly 11,000 customers monthly since starting service in October 2020.

Late final yr SpaceX famous on its web site that “silicon shortages have delayed manufacturing” of Starlink consumer terminals, “which has impacted our means to satisfy orders.”

SpaceX’s valuation has soared past $100 billion, which business analysts attribute largely to the market potential of its Starlink service.

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