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Elon Musk wants to make the Starlink Internet even faster: what is needed for this

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun12,2024

Elon Musk wants to make the Starlink Internet even faster: what is needed for this

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk intends to make the Starlink satellite Internet even faster. To do this, it is planned to put the Starlink satellites into orbits at an altitude of 350 kilometers in order to reduce the signal delay.

This is reported by PCMag.

It is emphasized that the Starlink clusters are currently located at an altitude of 550 kilometers, and new groups are planned to be located 200 kilometers below. In this way, Musk intends to reduce signal transmission delay.

According to the head of SpaceX,  in the next year or two it is possible to achieve a total signal delay of less than 20 milliseconds. Thanks to this, it will be easier to conduct video conferences or watch online broadcasts.

“The speed of light — is the only thing we can't beat. So the time to get a packet of data from the satellite to the ground and back is currently about 8 milliseconds. Future Starlink satellites will be at a lower altitude, so the delay is likely to be closer to 5 or 6 milliseconds”, — said Musk during a live broadcast of the Diablo IV game.

As the publication emphasized, in October last year SpaceX submitted an application to the International Telecommunication Union of the United States for the operation of 29,888 satellites, 19,440 of which will rotate around the Earth at a distance of 340 to 360 kilometers. However, before launching its satellites, SpaceX must obtain approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Musk's company applied to the FCC for such permission, but the commission is currently concerned that the satellites will affect the operation of inhabited space stations and has asked SpaceX to provide additional information about the project by July 8. 

” Starlink's lower-altitude satellites emit more light in the night sky, potentially disrupting optical astronomy. Additionally, the FCC is asking SpaceX to analyze whether low-orbit satellites could cause radio interference to other satellites,” — emphasized in PCMag.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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