Connection in both polar regions is made possible by Starlink’s “space laser array” which directly connects orbiting satellites to each other and relays signals. This connection means there are fewer stations on the ground and reduces delays since data is sent over laser links at the speed of light, compared to underwater data cables.
Instead of connecting individual satellites to ground stations, entire constellations of satellites can communicate via lasers in space and relay data to fewer ground stations.
Laser technology is also key to a new connection in the Arctic, where remote communities and harsh weather conditions have made the need for large numbers of expensive ground stations impractical.
Not Greenland and Russia
Currently, Starlink does not offer coverage in Greenland or Russia, and SpaceX has not announced any service start dates in those two regions.
In addition to providing high-speed Internet access to individuals, the company’s service has already revolutionized some aspects of warfare.
Ukraine’s military relies heavily on space-based internet, raising concerns that Elon Musk’s company has significant geopolitical influence after the founder threatened to shut down the service on Ukraine over security concerns. payment, a concern that will only grow as Starlink grows. to Africa and Asia.
When completed, Starlink will consist of 40,000 small-scale satellites in low Earth orbit providing affordable internet access from space. Currently, about ten percent of the total constellations have been launched into space.
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