Elon Musk Tried to Send a Tweet via Starlink Satellite and "Whoa, It Worked!"

Elon Musk tried to test the efficiency of Starlink satellite and it actually worked.
Interesting Engineering

Starlink is a satellite constellation constructed by SpaceX. It'll take a couple of more years and more satellites for Starlink's internet constellation to achieve full functionality. Yet, Elon Musk did an early test to see if it works. 

On October 22, Elon Musk tweeted and he said that he was "sending this tweet through space via Starlink satellite." A couple of minutes later, he sent another tweet saying "Whoa, it worked!"

Right now, the constellation only has 60 satellites and three of them aren't even working. So, under these circumstances, this attempt can be considered a success. 

By 2020s, it's expected that Starlink will provide low-cost broadband internet in every location on Earth. To achieve this, there are things to work on. This project was announced in 2015 and SpaceX said that they would deploy 12,000 Starlink satellites into space.

Source: Jorge Villalba/iStock

And earlier in 2019, SpaceX asked for permission from the International Telecommunication Union to deploy an additional 30,000 satellites.

In May, the company deployed the first 62 satellites to space and it plans to launch 60 more satellites every two weeks from November. By November 2027, SpaceX plans to reach the goal of having 12,000 satellites. 

According to Elon Musk, Starlink will be "economically viable." It's said that Starlink will be a low-cost option for internet access and it's also promised that they'll offer high-speed internet of up to 1 gigabit per second. 


However, the deployment of the Starlink satellites and the prospect of many more, concern astronomers who worry about the interference of smallsat constellations with scientific observations of space. 

Source: imaginima/iStock

Experts also worry that Starlink and other constellations that will show up in the future, such as the works of Amazon and OneWeb, could increase the chances of a collision in space. When in past September the European Space Agency performed a "collision avoidance maneuver" to prevent the Aeolus satellite from smashing into a Starlink satellite, these fears and concerns were bolstered. 

So, what do you think about the future of Starlink satellites or any other satellites that will be created by other companies in the future? Will they be helpful and provide fast and easy internet access to everyone around the whole world or will they cause much more debate on the smashing of different satellites or will they actually cause smashing of different satellites?

Add Interesting Engineering to your Google News feed.
Add Interesting Engineering to your Google News feed.
message circleSHOW COMMENT (1)chevron
Job Board