SpaceX Starlink Reaches Antarctica, Now on All 7 Continents

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@SpaceX retweeted a photo from the @National Science Foundation on Wednesday celebrating that Starlink has reached Antarctica. The news also means that Starlink is now on all seven continents worldwide, as SpaceX notes in the post.

SpaceX added that this was made possible by Starlink’s network of laser-beaming satellites, which has reached full-world coverage in recent months.

The original post from the National Science Foundation noted the excitement of scientists with the United States Antarctic Program (USAP), as Starlink offers them increased bandwidth and connectivity at the McMurdo Station. A picture was shown with a Starlink antenna mounted to the top of a building.

“In such a remote location like Antarctica, this capability is enabled by Starlink’s space laser network,” said SpaceX.

The news comes after SpaceX requested the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reinstate around $900 million in subsidies for Starlink to help connect rural residents to faster internet.

The FCC Commissioner said this week that the removal of SpaceX’s subsidies could give Chinese satellite internet providers an edge over the U.S.

SpaceX head Elon Musk noted that the company was launching Starlink satellites nearly every five days, even setting a new payload record for its Falcon 9 booster.

Earlier this month, SpaceX’s rockets were selected by NASA for five additional missions to the International Space Station.

SpaceX also signed its first Starlink resale deal with Speedcast earlier this week, set to help supply equipment and connectivity to oil rigs, merchant ships and more.