SpaceX's Starlink internet reaches Antarctica, touching all 7 continents

SpaceX’s Starlink internet reaches Antarctica, touching all 7 continents

SpaceX launched its first Starlink satellite in 2019 with a vision to blanket the world with high-speed internet, and it took a major step in that grand plan this week. Researchers at McMurdo Station in Antarctica now operate Space Internet Service, where it increases bandwidth for scientific research at the edge of the Earth.

SpaceX currently has several thousand Starlink satellites orbiting Earth and plans several thousand more. The idea is to bring the internet to underserved regions to fill dead zones around the world, and the service appears to be gaining momentum.

As it rolls out terminals for users in the field, we’ve also seen SpaceX recently partner with airlines and cruise ship operators for internet on the go, and last month partnered with T- Mobile to fill gaps in business. current cellular coverage.

Scientists with the United States Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station have now got their hands on their own Starlink terminal, where it would improve connectivity during their research. This was made possible by laser links between orbiting satellites which eliminate the need for ground stations at the poles and make Antarctica the seventh and final continent to receive Starlink internet coverage.

Source: National Science Foundation (Twitter)

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