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SpaceX began accepting $99 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet

SpaceX began accepting $99 preorders for its Starlink satellite internet

February 10, 2021: Elon Musk’s SpaceX has increased the scope of the public beta test of its Starlink satellite internet service, saying that it accepts the preorders from customers who are potential.

Users of Prospective Starlink can enter a service address on the company’s website, with preorders available for $99. Some regions show preorder messages that show SpaceX is targeting coverage in your area in mid to late 2021, whereas other preorders show 2022.

The U.K, Canada, and the U.S will be offered the service first.

According to the company’s website, the preorders are “fully refundable,” but notes in fine print that “placing a deposit does not guarantee service.”

SpaceX also says that the orders may take six months or more to fulfill, depending on the location.

In October, SpaceX began a public beta program of Starlink with service at $99 monthly, in addition to a $499 upfront cost to order the Starlink kit and extra shipping.

Wi-Fi router and a user terminal are included in the kit, known as a dish, to be connected to the satellites.

Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious project to build an internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation, created to provide high-speed internet to people all over the world.

The Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX to launch 11,943 satellites two years ago. The company, which hopes to deploy 4,425 satellites in orbit by 2024, has launched more than 1,000 Starlink satellites and plans to build and deploy even more advanced versions of its satellites.

Last week, SpaceX said in an FCC filing that Starlink has “above 10,000 users in the U.S and abroad” in around three months since the public beta started.

SpaceX’s chief executive repeats previous statements that the company plans to spin off Starlink and take it public and set a goal for when the service would be ready for an initial public offering.

“SpaceX needs to pass through a deep chasm of negative cash flow over the next year or so to make Starlink financially viable,” Musk tweeted. “Every new satellite constellation in history has gone bankrupt. We hope to be the first that does not.”

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