Elon Musk shares the SpaceX Starlink data growth in Ukraine (7TB/day in May)
Today, Elon Musk shared the SpaceX Starlink data usage growth in Ukraine. The SpaceX chief has shared both downlink and uplink speed that has been recorded from March 6, 2022, to May 22, 2022.
In March the data growth is recorded below 1000 GB per day, increased to 1TB, and Starlink in May reached a maximum of 7TB (7000GB) per day downlink and around 500GB uplink in Ukraine.
Starlink data usage growth in Ukraine pic.twitter.com/c4IWNwKwLR
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 13, 2022
Yesterday, Mykhailo Fedorov, vice prime minister of Ukraine and minister of digital transformation of Ukraine said: Over 100 cruise missiles attacked Ukrainian energy and communications infrastructure. But with Starlink, we quickly restored the connection in critical areas. Starlink continues to be an essential part of critical infrastructure.
Elon replied – You’re most welcome. Glad to support Ukraine.
Starlink in Ukraine:
Since the start of this war, Elon Musk has donated $80 million worth of Starlink services in Ukraine. On the other hand, the overall donation will exceed $100 million by the end of this year.
SpaceX Starlink launched roaming services for global customers
Today, SpaceX launched global roaming services for global Starlink customers. This is an amazing move played by the satellite internet provider and a positive step to extend the user base.
According to the information, SpaceX Starlink Global Roaming launched at a one-time cost of $599 for portable hardware or $2500 for in-motion hardware. You can also choose regional for $150 per month, or global for $200 per month.
Users who want to tag along with the global Starlink plan can hop on the map to get more information about the availability (Here).
Starlink now offers a global roaming option for customers traveling to locations where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable → https://t.co/zQFh5qscts pic.twitter.com/CKpsWVeDx4
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 15, 2023
Past exposure to this tech reveals that Starlink Global Roaming makes use of Starlink’s inter-satellite links (aka space lasers) to provide connectivity around the globe even if you are moving.
This is a new technology, you can expect Starlink’s typical high-speed, low-latency service intermixed with brief periods of poor connectivity, or none at all. However, SpaceX promised to improve coverage broader in the near future.
SpaceX says that the new Starlink Roam will provide a powerful backup for people even in places where the mobile network becomes unreachable.
Interestingly, the Starlink Roam enables you to pause and un-pause service at any time. This will give you the power to customize services according to your preference and requirements.
Initially, SpaceX will ship Standard Starlink, however, a new Flat high-performance version for in-motion use is currently only available for selected markets.
There is some user complaint that just appeared on U.S. carriers and it’s rampage out there, let’s check some.
A Twitter user wrote “And I have problems making @Verizon calls in Whittier!”
We always want you to have the ability to use your services! I'm sorry to learn about any issues with calls, and I'm here to help you. When did this begin and what zip code are you in? Please reply via DM, and we can go from there. Thank you! -Jordan
— Verizon Support (@VerizonSupport) March 15, 2023
Another comes up with “Wow, and with @TMobile I can’t get 5G coverage at my home with a tower less then 5 miles away here in Tallahassee, FL. They say, “they are working it, since they purchased Sprint”
Hi Mark, I can get an update for you and look into the tower that you have mentioned. Send me a DM so we can get to work right away. ^JasonYoung https://t.co/8DIvLVByJj
— T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) March 15, 2023
Starlink launches in Rwanda and Philippines
Today, SpaceX announced the Starlink satellite internet launch in Rwanda and the Philippines, this brings an amazing capability to the consumers in the respective markets.
SpaceX gave the confirmation of Starlink announcement in Rwanda via Twitter. While Rwanda’s ICT Ministry has already noticed that Starlink will soon be piloted in 500 schools.
Starlink is now live in Rwanda → https://t.co/slZbTmYOKV pic.twitter.com/COPFNDlbGD
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2023
This latest project is part of a larger initiative to enable high-speed internet around the country.
Starlink is a satellite internet service that uses a network of low Earth orbit satellites to provide high-speed internet access to areas with limited or no connectivity.
The satellite-based internet service has the potential to bring reliable and high-speed internet to rural and remote areas, making it a valuable tool for improving education, healthcare, and economic opportunities in underserved communities.
Available na ngayon ang Starlink sa Pilipinas → https://t.co/slZbTmZmAt pic.twitter.com/4pl3isvnYX
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2023
Philippine’s National Telecommunications Commission approved Starlink’s launch in the country last year, and it’s finally made its long-awaited launch come true.
SpaceX targeting February 2 to launch 53 Starlink satellites
SpaceX is targeting Thursday, February 2 at 2:43 a.m. ET (7:43 UTC) for a Falcon 9 launch of 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX confirmed that there are additional launch opportunities on the same day at 4:24 a.m. ET (9:24 UTC), and 6:05 a.m. ET (11:05 UTC) with backup opportunities also available on Friday, February 3 at 2:18 a.m. ET (7:18 UTC), 3:59 a.m. ET (8:59 UTC), and 5:40 a.m. ET (10:40 UTC).
As per the Falcon 9 launch stages, the first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched CRS-24, Eutelsat HOTBIRD 13F, OneWeb 1, and one Starlink mission. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on a droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Targeting Thursday, February 2 at 2:43 a.m. ET for Falcon 9’s launch of 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from LC-39A in Florida → https://t.co/ufsxNMHOhP
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 31, 2023
On January 31, 2023, SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket carrying 49 Starlink satellites and D-Orbit’s ION SCV009 Eclectic Elena to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Read more about that here.
- 00:38:00 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for propellant load
- 00:35:00 RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading begins
- 00:35:00 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
- 00:16:00 2nd stage LOX loading begins
- 00:07:00 Falcon 9 begins engine chill prior to launch
- 00:01:00 Command flight computer to begin final pre-launch checks
- 00:01:00 Propellant tank pressurization to flight pressure begins
- 00:00:45 SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
- 00:00:03 Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
- 00:00:00 Falcon 9 liftoff
- 00:01:12 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
- 00:02:28 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
- 00:02:31 1st and 2nd stages separate
- 00:02:38 2nd stage engine starts (SES-1)
- 00:02:43 Fairing deployment
- 00:06:41 1st stage entry burn begins
- 00:07:00 1st stage entry burn ends
- 00:08:23 1st stage landing burn begins
- 00:08:35 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-1)
- 00:08:44 1st stage landing
- 01:03:56 Starlink satellites deploy