Elon Musk’s SpaceX has confirmed reaching global coverage for shipping customers on its Starlink satcom service. This comes after a rapid increase in the number of satellites in its network since its initial maritime launch in July last year.
The company’s most recent launch, which took place on February 17, increased the number of Starlink satellites launched to date by 51 with the addition of 51 additional satellites. Before this most recent launch, 3,588 of these were by now operational satellites.
After offering only a small amount of close-to-shore coverage in a handful of regional locations when the service was first introduced, SpaceX has lived up to its promise to grow its maritime service coverage map to waters worldwide by the end Q1 2023. The business has put into orbit 1,275 satellites for the program since July 7, 2022.
Additionally, Starlink has increased the number of nations where users of the maritime industry can place direct orders for the service. Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Chile, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium have been added to the list in addition to the original initial order location of the United States.
Anuvu, Castor Marine, Elcome International, IEC Telecom, Marlink, Navarino, Speedcast, and Tototheo Maritime are just a few of the numerous maritime distributors giving new installation and support services that allow commercial shipping customers to access Starlink.
The Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is a company that produces satellites, launches rockets, and manufactures spacecraft. Elon Musk established it in 2002, intending to bring down the price of space travel to make it possible to colonize Mars. The business produces several rocket engines, the Cargo Dragon and Crew Dragon spacecraft, the Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Starship launch vehicles, as well as Starlink communication satellites.
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