Space X aimed to launch its 12th Starlink mission. Pre-booking starts at around Rs. 7200-Rs. 7500/-
The Starlink mission added 60 more satellites into Earth’s lower orbit. According to the latency data and standard speed test of the system, it has been observed that the satellites can record a downloading speed of more than 100Mbps. SpaceX COO and President Gwynne Shotwell has previously said that the company has plans to launch more than 30,000 satellites to fully build out its network capacity and speed. Almost 1000 satellites are already launched by SpaceX into the earth’s lower orbits will offer broadband coverage. Each satellite takes advantage of the carrier rocket, Falcon 9 by minimizing the volume, using a unique flat-panel design.
The service, offered by private US space company SpaceX, offers broadband internet at speeds between 50 Mbps and 150 Mbps with very low latency of 20 ms to 40 ms. It is going to launch in most, if not all of India, in 2022, according to an email circulated among interested subscribers. Though the timeline of the service rollout in India is not yet confirmed, this is the first acknowledge from SpaceX about the Starlink broadband service’s launch in India.
Starlink, as per an email sent to waitlisted subscribers, is now open to pre-orders, for a refundable deposit of US$ 99 (Rs. 7,200). The fee guarantees a reserved installation slot for you in your region, when the service goes live in India. The deposit, as per the Pre-Order Agreement, goes towards equipment customers will need to access the broadband service. If customers opt for a refund, though you will forfeit your priority service access position. Payments accepted include credit cards, debit cards, and Apple Pay – a digital payment platform yet to be launched in India.
Starlink says that the US $99 deposit is fully-refundable at any time via the user account, but customers will be forfeiting their priority slot along with it. The hardware kits, which are sold for an additional cost and in limited supply, are likely to be in limited supply during the early months of Starlink internet in India. They include a router, antenna, power supply, and mount. As per reports, from late February 2021, existing Starlink broadband internet customers would be able to get a speed boost up to 300 Mbps by the end of 2021, effectively doubling the maximum speeds promised to customers, which is currently up to 150 Mbps.