Internet from Elon Musk is already working
SpaceX began beta testing Starlink at the end of October 2020, program participants received a set of equipment (terminal, mounts, router) for $ 499.
Starlink satellite Internet in freezing temperatures, wind and snowfall provides users with a speed of 150-175 megabits (17.8-20 megabytes) per second, writes Business Insider, who studied reports of the first users of a satellite communication system from SpaceX.
A Starlink user living in the North of the United States said the internet works faster at lower temperatures.
According to him, when it was minus 11 degrees Celsius outside, the speed of the incoming connection reached 175 megabits. Whereas in less cold weather it was 150-160 megabits.
Moderate snowfall also does not interfere with Starlink, users assure. In addition, the quality of communication does not deteriorate from moisture: the snow that falls on the terminal melts on its surface. Its temperature is from zero to four degrees Celsius, the fallen snow remains on it as drops of water.
The drop in Internet speed was recorded by a user in the North of the United States, who left the terminal on the street, when seven centimeters of snow fell in an hour, and the wind speed reached 80 kilometers per hour. In a snowstorm, the incoming connection slowed down to 20-30 megabits (2.5-3.7 megabytes) per second, outgoing – up to 3-4 megabits.
SpaceX began beta testing Starlink in late October 2020. Participants in the program received a set of equipment (terminal, mounts, router) for $ 499. The subscription fee for the service is $ 99 per month.
The number of participants in the testing program is not reported. According to CNBC, 700 thousand people sent applications for the Starlink beta test.