Starlink will bring internet access to rural and underserved areas around the world, purportedly at a low price point. Starlink will deliver the internet to earthlings with a massive constellation of small low-Earth orbit satellites.
So far, Starlink has over 800 operational satellites. Some of the original satellites from the first two launches have been deorbited, so we don’t include these in the official count.
Starlink will eventually have 12,000 or more satellites in its Starlink constellation. Starlink will be capable of delivering internet speeds of 100 Mbps or more with ultralow latency to people all around the world.3 Customers will just need a Starlink dish receiver (what Elon Musk calls “a UFO on a stick”) and a monthly internet plan from Starlink.
Thanks to reusable launch rockets, Starlink’s low-orbit satellites cost a fraction of the price of typical satellite launches, making it easier and more affordable to launch satellites at scale. By mid-2020, Starlink hit a steady stride, producing and launching around 120 satellites per month. Initially, the constellation is being built out more heavily in some areas, so service will be available in the northern United States and lower Canada first.