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Elon Musk invites users to test Starlink space internet

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The SpaceX CEO now has 500 satellites orbiting earth, and is primed for internet broadband trials this summer.

SpaceX has announced that its looking for beta-testers for its Starlink satellite constellation.

The startup has launched 500 satellites into earth's orbit this year, with the aim of providing Internet coverage to most of the world by 2021.

It plans to begin trial of the space-based Internet broadband platform this summer.

https://www.starlink.com/
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How fast would this internet be? This is my first time hearing of it
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How do we sign up or is it just a news release?
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Do you need a special modem ?
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This whole billionaire pet project has major consequences to astronomy [theverge.com].
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How fast would this internet be? This is my first time hearing of it
I wouldn't expect the speed to blow people away. This is more for "the greater good" of humanity. The idea is to have internet that is available anywhere in the world. There are many remote places around the world that can't get any natural cellular signal.

Heck, there's huge amounts of land that you can pass in places like New York state that is tough to get a signal on your cellphone. This isn't meant to be used to do FPS gaming with your buddies, but to allow people to eventually be able to have access to communications almost anywhere in the world. Pretty monumental goal.

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This whole billionaire pet project has major consequences to astronomy [theverge.com].
You're missing the point.
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will sign up
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Repost of a non-deal.
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It's capable up to 100mbit but will probably be much less to start. It will be slower over heavily populated areas as more users sign on, since all those users will be fighting for the same satellite bandwidth that's over the city at that time. Having said that, I understand the ping response times should be in the ~60ms to start, and will go down as they improve the network.
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I find this mildly intriguing, so I don't understand the TDs. Those complaining this is not a deal are in the wrong forum, and those claiming this is a repost should add a link to the original post and flag the SD staff to merge threads.

Possibly the title, like numerous related articles, is deceiving in that the volunteer testers are not expected to sign-up right away.
Those looking for a paid job with SpaceX should go here [spacex.com].

From a scientific POV though, this idea is worth looking into, so TU from me.

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How fast would this internet be? This is my first time hearing of it
This is a helpful article, which has the answer to your question, and those of others:
https://www.satelliteinternet.com.../starlink/
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How do we sign up or is it just a news release?
No signup yet. "Private beta testing is expected to begin later this summer" in US and Canada.

When you enter your contact info at starlink.com, you get this message:
"Thank you for your interest in Starlink!
"Starlink is designed to deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable. Private beta testing is expected to begin later this summer, followed by public beta testing, starting with higher latitudes.
"If you provided us with your zip code, you will be notified via email if beta testing opportunities become available in your area. In the meantime, we will continue to share with you updates about general service availability and upcoming Starlink launches.
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