Starlink sales start in Germany
SpaceX, Elon Musk's start-up, is making the service cost quite a bit.
Elon Musk's space start-up SpaceX has begun pre-selling its Starlink satellite service. Interested parties in Germany can also register online. The service should then be usable in the middle of the year. Starlink offers an Internet connection for areas that have so far been excluded from broadband use. To that end, the company launched more than 1,000 satellites into space last year.
Space X plans to sell only a limited number of sets for now, due to capacity constraints, as ArsTechnica writes. The service is also not cheap: For the hardware, a one-time fee of 499 euros is due, as well as monthly usage fees of 99 euros and delivery fees of 50 euros.
Late last year, Space X was already testing its service on a large scale in the US, Canada, and the UK. More than 10,000 people had beta access to Starlink. The Internet connection via the satellites was as fast as 100 Mbps. Gradually, the service will be expanded. If founder Musk has his way, SpaceX should put tens of thousands of satellites into orbit.
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