SpaceX: To date, over 500,000 orders have been placed for the Starlink satellite internet service

A Starlink user terminal is set up.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX has received more than 500,000 orders to date for the satellite Internet service the company is launching, the company said Tuesday.

“To date, over half a million people have placed an order or deposited bail on Starlink,” said SpaceX operations engineer Siva Bharadvaj during the launch webcast of his 26th Starlink mission.

Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network of thousands of satellites – known in the aerospace industry as a Constellation – to provide high-speed internet to consumers around the world.

It is also now the world’s largest constellation of satellites, with more than 1,500 Starlink satellites put into orbit to date.

SpaceX launched a public beta program for Starlink in October with a service price of $ 99 per month. On top of the $ 499 upfront cost of ordering the Starlink kit, which includes a user terminal and wireless router to connect to the satellites.

The company then began accepting $ 99 pre-orders for Starlink in early February, though SpaceX stressed that pre-orders are “fully refundable” and noted in the fine print that “a deposit does not guarantee service”.

Separately, SpaceX announced in a report to federal agencies three months ago that Starlink had “over 10,000 users in the US and abroad” in February.

While SpaceX’s announcement of over half a million orders indicates growing demand for its service, it is unclear how many will be users each month or will be in areas that Starlink will serve. Although the service is designed to reach any place on earth, the “[o]The only caveat is the high density of users in urban areas, “Musk tweeted on Tuesday.

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