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Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick

Redditor managed to mine information about the upcoming beta from Starlink support website.

As you might have heard, SpaceX's Starlink private beta is set to launch this summer. As it hasn't been long since the announcement, there hasn't been much information. All we know is that beta candidates who signed up with their mail to Starlink's list got an e-mail detailing that that may be picked for the private beta, some people report that they have gotten a preliminary notice.

A software developer Redditor that goes by the username Bubby4j came forward with some interesting data they mined from the Starlink support website, turns out Starlink built its UI with AngularJS. The Redditor interpreted what they found for us and told the community that there's code for a login system, a ticketing system which references to a "redemption code," which probably checks invitation keys.

SEE ALSO: ELON MUSK CLAIMS STARLINK SATELLITES WON'T IMPACT ASTRONOMY, BUT RESEARCH SAYS OTHERWISE

Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick
The valid latitudes are set as 44.9 and 51.8 in the code, Source: Bubby4j/Reddit

There are tokens for individual states in the US, while the latitudes Starlink announced intersect Canada in some parts, there aren't any references to Canada yet. Maybe it won't launch in Canada yet, or maybe they haven't added the tokens as the site isn't intended for the public eye yet.

Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick
Source: Bubby4j/Reddit

Although Canadian cities are not mentioned in localized tokens, references for credit card admissions mention Canada. Who knows how it will go down?

Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick
Source: Bubby4j/Reddit

The private beta will pretty much be free (of course, Starlink will hold the right to reclaim their equipment should a participant does not fulfill what's expected of them), but in order to test their billing functionality, they will charge about $3 dollars for the initial subscription and 1$ for each month participants to stay enrolled.

Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick
Source: Igats/Reddit

Let's not forget, this is a beta test after all, right? The terms of service uncovered by Bubby4j also state: "You agree to dedicate an average of 30 minutes to 1 hour per day testing the Starlink Services and providing feedback on a periodic basis. Feedback requests from SpaceX will come in the form of surveys, phone calls, emails, and other means. Not participating can result in termination of your Beta Program participation and you must return your Starlink Kit." 

The leak blew out and gained more traction after a Twitter user flcnhvy, who interacts with Elon Musk from time to time posted some of the leaked pictures. 

The antennae issued to participants will need a place that has a wide view of the sky to work.
Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick
Source: Igats/Reddit

The antennae will also rotate automatically towards the appropriate Starlink satellite.

Developer Leaks Starlink Source Code, Uncovers Pictures of the UFO-On-a-Stick
Source: Igats/Reddit
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