by Douglas Messier
SpaceX’s Starlink broadband service has launched an invitation-only public beta test that Elon Musk’s company is calling the Better Than Nothing Beta.
According to an invitation email posted on Reddit, people testing the satellite Internet service can look forward to:
- Data speeds of 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s
- Latency from 20ms to 40ms for the next several months
- Brief periods of no connectivity at all
- Spending $499 for the phased-array user terminal, mounting tripod and router
- Paying a monthly subscription of $99.
SpaceX has launched 895 Starlink satellites as part of a constellation that will eventually total nearly 12,000 spacecraft. A number of the launched satellites are no longer functioning or have been deorbited.
“As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically. For latency, we expect to achiev 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021,” SpaceX said in the email.