Highly Improved Starlink 2.0 Is A Game Changer
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Elon Musk came up with a point that there is enough space for millions of satellites in low earth orbit. Is it really true? Why did he come up with such a statement? It’s all because of the SpaceX Starlink version 2.0.
The main aim of this specific version 2.0 of Starlink is to provide high-speed internet across the globe. Before we start with the future hero, Starlink 2.0, let’s look back into the history of SpaceX a little bit.
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Founded in the year 2002, SpaceX has the credit for being the first private company to successfully launch a spacecraft in such a short period and was able to return the same spacecraft from Earth Orbit.
SpaceX has also earned the credit for being the first company to launch a crewed spacecraft and dock it along with the ISS, or the International Space Station. Having its successful first launch in March 2006, in the name of Falcon 1, the rocket did not have a successful journey as there was a small fuel leak and fire.
Though its first rocket ended with fire, SpaceX had already earned billions just from the launching of Falcon 1, many of them from the government of the United States. After a series of successful launches, SpaceX is now ready to launch its Starlink version 2.0.
SpaceX gave a few updates around the mid of 2021, about the Starlink version 2.0. Among these, the company briefed that this satellite can be expected to have a large and heavy design and will be capable of generating more power than usual.
While orbiting in a low earth orbit, Starlink version 0.1 served as a short experiment for Starlink, offering sub-10 minute communications in three ground stations across California and Washington State.
But, the speeds were terrible. But, these silly but unavoidable mistakes are rectified in version 2.0. Likely resting at just a few megabits per second, yet Starlink version 0.1 served more than its actual purpose.
As the satellites are too low in the Earth’s orbit, with Starlink’s potential speed increasing, latency decreasing, bandwidth growing, and coverage speeding up exponentially, there will be a lot of underrated still significant benefits coming with Starlink’s version 2.0.
Laser inks and inter-satellite communication, which seem boring to many, are essential in ensuring Starlink can work as intended. After all, you should know that these are the lasers that can connect between satellites within minutes and are capable of transferring data in the potentially dozens of gigabits per second.
Thus, across hundreds of satellites revolving in space, this satellite is capable of transmitting terabytes or petabytes of additional bandwidth. But, laser links aren’t the only additional feature though.
The team of SpaceX has tried their level best using lower albedo materials over the exterior parts of satellites for a while. In order to prevent reflections and light pollution, they even tried using dark colours.
However, with higher temperatures and poor conditions, SpaceX hasn’t tried any more. But, with Starlink’s version 2.0, there are chances for SpaceX to launch satellites with comparatively less interference and reflectivity.
Similar to the earlier versions of Starlink, Version 2.0 satellites will be set up at 570 kilometres, with the ability to completely de-orbit and disintegrate within the Earth’s atmosphere.
Additionally, with a much more extensive coverage range, SpaceX will be able to apply for increased funding and licensing across countries, as well as continents. This can bring much more straightforward updates in the future and impressive system-wide changes. After a few revisions in their works that seems to be a significant benefit for Starlink’s future.
So Guys, What do you think, Will Starlink version 2.0 fulfil all its expectations? Will this bring any impact on worldwide internet usage? Write your point of view in the comment section. Until Next time!
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