Elon Musk’s satellite internet, direct to your mobile: Starlink global coverage is coming

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Elon Musk, perhaps the face of technology in recent years, thanks to him or marketing, it seems that he will do it again. The current CEO of Twitter, creator of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, OpenAI and Neuralink, has almost everything ready for his starlinks start offering global coverage from Internet.

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The SpaceX satellite constellation continues to grow, and Starlink already has a place to provide service from.

AS, Starlink has announced that it is preparing to start testing the mobile service for this same year, although he did not specify a precise date, thanks to a collaboration with the operator T-Mobile.

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Elon Musk and his Space X. Photo: Reuters

Elon Musk and his Space X. Photo: Reuters

The announcement was made Monday at the Satellite 2023 conference in Washington, DC. There, Jonathan Hofeller, Starlink’s vice president of sales, broke the news as well as celebrating that the company is producing six next-generation satellites every day at its facilities near Seattle and “thousands” of user terminals every day, according to CNBC.

The mobile service aspires to offer connectivity anywhere on the planet and without relying on huge satellite phones. For this it was necessary to work on a new Starlink antenna technology included in the satellites.

Instead of using the current Starlink antennas that its users install on the roof of their house as a connection point, the company proposes that its satellite be much more powerful and larger to provide the service directly on smartphones.

Starlink – network speed

The Falcon 9 rocket carries Starlink satellites into space.  AP Photo

The Falcon 9 rocket carries Starlink satellites into space. AP Photo

The estimated speed will be between 2 and 4 Mbps for data transfer, at least initially. Enough to send WhatsApp messages and make calls.

Musk’s first proposal was to create larger satellites, which could not be launched with the Falcon 9, so it would have been necessary to rely on the huge Starship rocket. However, this rocket is still awaiting its first orbital flight test.

Hofeller said the company has already built a few larger satellites, but this launch is tied to Starship’s initial voyage. As Elon Musk has indicated, the rocket will take to the skies in a month.

The new Tesla mega-plant in Mexico

On the other hand, the installation of a Tesla mega-plant in the state of Nuevo León in northern Mexico will require the construction of approximately 13,000 homes in the municipality of Santa Catarina to guarantee stays for its employees, said the director of the State Institute for Housing (IVNL), Eugenio Montiel.

The state official stressed that given Santa Catarina’s proximity to the municipalities of Saltillo, Ramos Arizpe and Arteaga, in the neighboring state of Coahuila, it is expected that some of the staff the electric car maker will hire will also come from that state.

“Currently the state is receiving a significant flow of both Mexican and foreign migration, from 2010 to 2020 alone Santa Catarina has experienced a population growth rate of 13.9% and almost a quarter of this growth is young people, who will ask for housing to avoid transfers,” Montiel said.

Two weeks ago, during the celebration of “Investor Day 2023”, held in Austin, Texas (USA), the same CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, confirmed the installation of a plant in Mexico, in the state of Nuevo León , north of Paese.

Source: Clarin

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