Elon Musk-owned SpaceX plans to start offering broadband through its Starlink satellite by the next year.
Shotwell mentioned during a media roundtable the company needs to launch six to eight batches of satellites to achieve it.
In May, the company launched 60 of its Starlink satellites successfully to operate at 500 km from the Earth’s surface. Shotwell said it needs 24 more launches to achieve global coverage, and it is planning to complete this target by the end of the next year.
Whoa, it worked!!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2019
SpaceX‘s aims to provide 1Gbps internet in rural areas through 12,000 Starlink satellites. Last week the firm applied for an additional spectrum to the International Telecommunication Union for 30,000 additional satellites.
The private space company has been behind schedule for a lot of its missions. We’ll have to wait and see if it can get close to providing broadband connectivity by 2020.