This article argues that Elon Musk is launching huge numbers of satellites into orbit aiming to provide high-speed broadband worldwide to customers with poor internet access.


This article by Ry Crist from C|Net makes the following points:
  • Starlink is an Elon Musk company selling internet connections worldwide.
  • It should provide revenue to fund SpaceX’s proposed Mars base. 
  • Uses a network of 2000+ private satellites with over 10,000 customers in 14 countries.
  • At least 10,000 satellites are needed to cover the planet.
  • Availability depends on local regulatory approval.
  • Key market, rural areas with poor high-speed broadband.
  • Customers have a small satellite dish that passes the bandwidth onto the router.
  • A Starlink app aids in finding the right receiver location.
  • Fibre-optic cable is faster than satellite internet.
  • Scientists are concerned about night sky visibility.
  • Starlink is testing new designs to reduce satellite brightness.
  • Starlink hardware going to Ukraine still needs power.
Worth noting this article from the BBC:  

Elon Musk's Starlink arrives in Ukraine but what next? - BBC News

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