In order to connect to the Internet through the Starlink system, you will need additional equipment that will connect to the satellite constellation of Elon Musk's company. You will not be able to connect to the satellite directly from your device - phone or computer. The equipment includes a phased array so called ODU (OutDoor Unit) and user terminal set as the IDU (InDoorUnit).
An external antenna is expected to search for nearby satellites on its own and automatically switch between them. The retail price of such terminals has not yet been disclosed, however, Starlink terminals are expected to be available to users for approximately $300.
Starlink is a global satellite communications system developed by SpaceX. According to the creators' idea, about 12,000 satellites will be launched, which will provide Internet access throughout the planet. With the help of the new system, access to the Internet will be able to be obtained by households that previously did not have it at all, or it was expensive and unreliable.
A constellation of satellites is deployed in near-earth orbit, which will provide full coverage of all populated areas. These satellites send a signal with information to the ground at their own frequency.
A custom ground antenna independently searches and automatically connects to satellites, switching between them if necessary, and receives a signal for subsequent processing and decoding.
The Starlink terminal receives the signal from the antenna and decodes it so that user devices can recognize the information. The terminal can distribute the Internet to several computers, phones and other devices.
The Starlink satellite Internet project was presented to the public for the first time. Elon Musk spoke at the opening of the company's research and production center in Redmond, Washington and announced SpaceX's plans to launch 4,000 satellites to provide the capacity of the future project.
SpaceX has filed an application with the FCC to place satellites in orbit. 4425 satellites orbiting 714-823 miles using Ka- and Ku-bands. Later, in March 2017, another application was made for an additional 7,518 satellites to be placed in low orbit, approximately 210 miles above the Earth.
On February 22, 2018, SpaceX performed a test launch of two experimental prototype satellites called Tintin-A and Tintin-B on a Falcon-9 launch vehicle. These satellites were placed in an orbit of 319 miles and were to serve to test the functionality of the communication system.
The first launch of working prototypes of the system took place on May 24, 2019. On this day, SpaceX launched 60 test satellites into low-earth orbit 273 miles on a Falcon-9 rocket. Since then, more than 700 satellites have been successfully launched to orbit.
Already launched satellites form a significant constellation sufficient to cover a large US territory with the Internet. Once all the planned 12,000 satellites are launched, virtually everyone on Earth will be able to access the Internet from Starlink. Trial runs have already shown that the Internet speed can reach from 5 to 60 Mbit per second, and after improvements it will have to exceed 100 Mbit/s with a ping of 25 - 35 milliseconds.
After completing the deployment of a full constellation of satellites above Earth, the company plans to develop and create a similar constellation in orbit on Mars to serve missions to the red planet.
Many are wondering how, where and when to buy Starlink Terminal to connect to the network. At the moment, the satellite Internet system is in test mode and is not available to ordinary consumers. However, you can subscribe to notifications through the form below and when the connection to Starlink is open and the terminals become available for sale, we will notify you so that you can connect to the Internet of the future in your region.