Starlink, SpaceX’s internet service, reached 145 thousand users

SpaceX successfully launched its Starlink mission to launch new satellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, reported Thursday that it has reached a figure of 145,000 subscribers to its Internet service in 25 countries.

Jessie Anderson, an engineer at SpaceX, was commissioned to make the announcement during a webcast of the company’s first launch of the year.

The number of subscribers is above 140,000 users as of the beginning of November, however, the increase of 5,000 users in two months represents a slowdown in growth.

Until November, SpaceX had added about 11,000 users a month since the service began in October 2020 when first responders from the Washington fires were the first to use the services.

Coronavirus: the culprit

Late last year, SpaceX noted on its website that “silicon shortages had delayed production” of Starlink user terminals, “which has affected our ability to fulfill orders.”

The company announced in June that it had partnered with different airlines to offer Wi-Fi service on board their planes.

The company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Thursday, carrying 49 Starlink satellites into orbit.

The company aims to build an Internet network that can be interconnected with thousands of satellites, which is known in the space industry as a constellation.

The service is designed to offer high speed internet services to consumers anywhere on the planet. Currently the company SpaceX has 1,800 satellites in orbit.

The value of Starlink

SpaceX’s valuation has soared above $ 100 billion, which industry analysts attribute in large part to the market potential of its service.

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