SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his company are working to put more satellites into orbit to bring Internet access to people around the world. So far, SpaceX has hundreds of Starlink satellites in orbit and will launch more satellites this year. Musk recently announced with enthusiasm that the Starlink Internet service will be fully mobile by the end of 2021.
Fully mobile means that Internet services can follow customers in different directions and use them in mobile vehicles. Musk also said this week that Starlink could be out of beta starting in the summer. So far, more than 10,000 people have signed up for the Beta version released in October last year on Starlink.
During testing, the customer cannot move hardware from one address to another. The beta service can only be used at a particular address. When Musk responded to someone’s query on Twitter, details emerged about the future of Starlink.
Musk responded that Starlink will be fully mobile later this year so it can be moved anywhere or used in an RV or sports truck. He also noted that SpaceX needs to “launch a few more satellites” to achieve full coverage, and the system also needs some software updates. SpaceX submitted documents to the FCC in March to make Starlink mobile.
When SpaceX applied to the FCC, it stated that it was in the public interest to mobilize the service and would allow operators and passengers to use the service to increase productivity. Musk also noted that Starlink’s service uptime, bandwidth, and latency are improving rapidly. Previously, it had promised that the speed would double before the end of the year and the waiting time would be reduced.