Elon Musk said in a series of tweets on Monday that his aerospace company SpaceX has so far shipped 100,000 Starlink terminals and now serves 14 countries, and license applications from other countries are pending.
Tweets meant that Starlink added 10,000 subscribers in about 3 weeks. As of the end of July, the company stated that its Internet service had approximately 90,000 users.
Starlink is an initiative of SpaceX to create a network of tens of thousands of satellites, known as a constellation in the aerospace industry, to provide high-speed Internet for customers anywhere on the earth.
SpaceX launched the Starlink beta Internet service at the end of 2020. This plan allows some customers to try it out at a price of $99 per month, which does not include initial transportation costs, taxes, installation, and equipment such as roof brackets used to maintain the terminal.
The Starlink kit includes satellite antenna, bracket, power supply and WiFi router.
Recently, SpaceX said it plans to expand its service to use the Internet during flights or on moving ships and trucks.
SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell announced in February 2020 that the company may divest its Starlink satellite business and may conduct an initial public offering of the division in the next few years.
The plan is already capital intensive for SpaceX. In 2018, Shotwell predicted that SpaceX will spend approximately $10 billion or more to build the Starlink network.
Last week, federal documents indicated that SpaceX uses its Starship rocket as the primary vehicle to launch its Starlink Gen2 satellite into orbit. As part of Starlink, SpaceX has launched 1,740 satellites and plans to add approximately 30,000 Internet satellites to its Gen2 Starlink system.
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