SpaceX Starlink Now Connecting Schools in the Amazon Rainforest
SpaceX’s Starlink internet service is now serving schools located in the Amazon Rainforest, connecting institutes located in the region of the Amazon that falls under Brazil to the rest of the world via satellite.
Company CEO Elon Musk highlighted the accomplishment on Thursday when he shared a tweet from Brazilian Minister of Communications Fábio Faria (@fabiofaria) showcasing the setup at a school in Careiro da Várzea. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell visited the school with Faria, while Musk held a video conference with the students.
Starlink connecting schools in the Amazon https://t.co/Xy70D0sk8N
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 23, 2022
The project was part of a joint initiative between SpaceX and the Brazilian government for better connectivity in the country, Faria said in another tweet.
Starlink is a high-speed satellite broadband service that uses a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit to deliver fast, reliable internet anywhere in the world. The service has already achieved full Earth coverage.
Starlink is quickly turning into an excellent option for schools. Back in July, the Frontier School Division in northern Manitoba, Canada, announced plans to bring Starlink internet to 30 of its schools.
SpaceX on Friday activated Starlink internet in Iran to help combat the Iranian government’s censorship. The company is also seeking exemptions to sanctions on Cuba and possibly other countries to roll out Starlink service.
This afternoon, SpaceX launched another 52 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit, with the payload still yet to be deployed as of writing.