- SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet is active on all seven continents, CEO Elon Musk tweeted.
- It comes after the FCC rejected an $886 million Starlink grant, which would expand the service.
- The company launched 54 Starlink satellites on Sunday to complete its constellation.
Elon Musk said SpaceX’s satellite internet service, Starlink, was available on all continents, meaning it had achieved its goal of providing global coverage.
SpaceX CEO tweeted late Sunday: “Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica.”
His position came after him tweeted Friday that Starlink was “intended for peaceful use only”.
SpaceX spear On Sunday, a batch of 54 Starlink satellites after five previous attempts were wiped out due to bad weather. These satellites joined the 3,076 active Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit. The goal is to have up to 42,000 satellites by mid-2027.
By wrapping the Earth in thousands of satellites, Starlink’s goal is to bring high-speed Internet access to rural, remote and hard-to-connect broadband service areas.
Ukraine is one of the most notable regions in which Starlink operates. Musk is sending Starlink terminals to the country after Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked Musk for help in February.
Despite being active on seven continents, Starlink failed to win Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval for an $886 million grant to expand Internet service to rural homes and businesses in nearly 650,000 locations in 35 US states. The FCC said Starlink “failed to demonstrate that the providers could provide the promised service.”
In a regulatory filing, SpaceX called the FCC’s rejection “grossly unfair” and “both legally and politically flawed.”
The last published figure for Starlink’s user base was in May, when CNBC reported there were more than 400,000 subscribers worldwide.
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