SpaceX’s Starlink Ground Station List Grows, Hints Beta Set to Expand
SpaceX recently completed another Starlink launch, and the satellite internet service provider (ISP) has already been rolling its beta out to a number of new regions, specifically the United Kingdom.
While the new ground stations have been gradually being installed over the past few months, many throughout the US have just become visible on satellitemap.space within the past few days.
There are now 420 operational Starlink satellites 🛰 😉
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 22, 2020
Whether or not the website’s appearance of new stations means a fresh rollout of the beta, it’s exciting to see, and confirms many newly-activated Starlink ground stations. With a number of customers now receiving invites to the low-Earth satellite ISP’s beta, it seems only a matter of time before the service becomes publicly available.
Amazon’s space company Blue Origins has also unveiled its own plans to offer satellite internet service, called Project Kuiper, and is expected to compete directly with SpaceX’s Starlink in the years to come. But so far, Starlink has a huge lead on Project Kuiper.
Regardless, new ground stations for SpaceX’s Starlink are a good sign for eager low-Earth satellite enthusiasts, and especially for those in remote locations that don’t receive high-speed internet access.
SpaceX recently revealed it has 10,000 Starlink internet beta users and the company plans to launch a phone service in the future. The next SpaceX launch to send more Starlink satellites to space is set for the end of this week sometime.