SpaceX Starlink: According to the Ector County Independent School District (ECISD), SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has promised to provide free access to internet service to dozens of families in Odessa, Texas.
The ECISD said in a press release that they are the first school district in the United States to work with SpaceX in connecting its Starlink satellite constellation to deliver high-speed, low-latency Internet access for ECISD students.
According to the district, 45 families will get access to the service in early 2021, and another 45 will also have Starlink internet once the network capabilities grow.
The ECISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Muri said that in collaboration with SpaceX, they will provide space-based Internet services to students and families that have few if any, options.
He also said that they have taken a giant leap forward in closing the digital divide that exists within our community.
School officials say that online learning during the pandemic revealed how many students don’t have access to high-speed Wi-Fi. As a part of a plan to provide global internet coverage, SpaceX, On Sunday, launched 60 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
SpaceX’s vice president of Starlink, Jonathan Hofeller told Spaceflight Now that the total global constellation they were targeting is 1,440 satellites, of which a good number of those are already in orbit.
CNBC reports that they obtained screenshots of the “Better Than Nothing Beta” test, plans for the first rollout of Starlink internet service. The consumers’ monthly fee would be $99 after spending a one-time fee of $499 to order the Starlink Kit – a user terminal to connect to the satellites. SpaceX said that it seeks to provide a near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021.
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