Elon Musk’s SpaceX is known for sending things enter Space, but the company is also testing to send things down From Space: To be precise, satellite Internet signals. Earlier this week, people who showed interest in the Starlink Internet service received an email inviting them to participate in the new trial that is being launched. But please lower your expectations-SpaceX calls it “better than doing nothing.”

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Customers should expect to see speeds of 50 to 150Mb per second and delays from 20ms to 40ms. There will also be a short period of time without connectivity at all. This is why SpaceX requires the test to run the “omnipotent Beta”, and it can make the required system work normally. To get the privilege to participate, the Starlink kit requires a prepayment of $499, which includes a terminal connected to the SpaceX satellite, a tripod and a WiFi router. Then, the continuous payment that needs to be paid every month is $99.

The Starlink application is expected to help users set up and manage their connectivity.

Although this is not a product that will soon be able to compete with services such as Google Fiber, it is an encouraging sign of progress for people living in rural areas that the large connectivity companies have not yet reached. In the past few months, SpaceX employees have been conducting limited private tests and hope that one day they can build an interconnected satellite Internet network that can cover everyone on the planet. This is a lofty goal, but the company estimates that this goal may bring more than ten times the revenue generated by its rockets.

Some people worry that a significant increase in the number of low-orbit satellites may increase the risk of collisions and possible debris falling to the surface of the earth, but SpaceX claims that Starlink satellites are designed to decompose when they re-enter the atmosphere. There are other problems, such as increased light pollution and interference with terrestrial astronomy.

The initial beta is limited to North America, but SpaceX plans to expand to a “densely populated global area” by 2021. Interested users can join the Starlink mailing list for more information. You can download a new Starlink application in the Google Play store, you can download the application, but it may take some time if you use satellite internet.

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