Starlink's broadband Internet service is now available on all continents of the Earth, company founder Ilon Musk announced.
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"Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica," he wrote on Twitter.
SpaceX has orbited 54 more Starlink satellites, bringing the company's satellite constellation to more than 3,000.
In September, Starlink has already begun testing in Antarctica. SpaceX provided the terminal for the McMurdo polar station. Scientists from the U.S. Antarctic Program, with the support of the U.S. National Sanitation Foundation, began testing the terminal, which will provide increased bandwidth when communicating with other continents.
SpaceX also tested Starlink on a JSX regional airline aircraft. During it, data transfer speeds consistently exceeded 100 Mbps.
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At the US base in McMurdo, tests are in fact underway on a new terminal to increase the bandwidth and connectivity available to scientists of the US Antarctic Programme (Usap), supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Meanwhile, following the postponement due to bad weather of the launch of 54 new satellites scheduled for last night, Elon Musk's constellation is losing some pieces.
According to a calculation made by American astronomer Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, two satellites launched by Starlink on 28 August last would have failed to deploy into orbit: the first would have already returned to Earth on 14 September, while the second is expected on 15 September.
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