Starlink shipped 100,000 terminals to customers recently. The project aims to provide global broadband connectivity via a constellation of satellites.
SpaceX began satellite launches in November 2019 and opened its $99 per month beta programme for select customers around a year later.
Since that period, SpaceX has launched more than 1,700 satellites to date and—in addition to the 100,000 shipped terminals—has received over half a million additional orders for the service, TechCrunch reported.
Many of Starlink’s beta customers live in remote or rural areas, where access to conventional broadband is limited or nonexistent. Customers pay a $499 upfront cost for the service, which covers a starter kit to get them off the ground: a user terminal (which SpaceX lovingly refers to as “Dishy McFlatface”), Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables and a mounting tripod, the report said.
The company aims to launch around 30,000 Starlink satellites into orbit and expand its user pool to millions of customers.