SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has launched a total of 12,000 satellites and has set up a Starlink plan to “deliver high-speed Internet to every corner of the world.” At the beginning of the project, 60 satellites were launched in May 2019, and on January 29, 2020, 60 new small satellites were launched, explaining how important this grand plan is by Jeffrey Paul, founder of eEQJ, a security consultancy. Starlink project plans to launch approximately 1600 satellites at altitudes of 340 km, 1600 at 550 km, and 2,800 satellites at an altitude of 1150 km, providing cheap, high-performance satellite Internet access to almost every area of the Earth. According to the announcement, the launch of all satellites will be completed within five to ten years, with a total of 10 billion dollars ( about 1.1 trillion yen). SpaceX began launching satellites on May 24, 2019, and with the completion of its fourth launch on January 29, 2020, spaceX successfully sent a total of 242 satellites into orbit.
According to Paul, in tests conducted by SpaceX using less than 100 satellites, The communication speed of about 600 MBps was confirmed in the aircraft in flight, which is overwhelmingly faster than wired communicationsuch as ADSL. “This communication speed can also change the world,” Paul said. However, because of the problem that the existing Internet cannot be used in half of the world, he said that the service “can provide an Internet environment anywhere in the world” using satellites “can truly change the world.” Paul said SpaceX’s high-quality, uncensored Internet will allow intelligent people from all over the world to participate in the Internet’s knowledge economy, which has been blocked by censorship and infrastructure. This allows even people under information control to deliver political messages. That’s why Paul believes the Starlink plan will have a huge impact on the world. Paul also pointed out that businesses around the world will become more active. For example, even if there was a city that had all the food, clothing, and shelter, it would have been impossible to “live in that city while working globally” without a stable Internet environment. However, if the Starlink plan allows high-quality Internet to exist anywhere in the world, it will be possible to work not only in such cities, but also in deserts and cruise ships.
Paul also anticipates a future that could happen when the Starlink project is realized. First, Paul pointed out that Starlink’s first customer would be a fund that does high-frequency transactions in milliseconds. High-frequency trading is a fund that finds the price difference between the stock markets around the world and conducts arbitrage transactions, etc., and a slight difference in communication speed is directly linked to profit. Therefore, Starlink, which enables faster Internet communication than wired connections, is particularly important to funds and can be a reason to invest a lot of money. Paul predicts that as a result of wealthy funds investing in Starlink, Starlink will become more popular and that the poor will be able to use it. It is a nice irony that the richest people in the world help the most disadvantaged.” Paul then predicted that Starlink would be banned or used for military surveillance. Since the spread of Starlink will violate the interests of local line operators, “ProhibitIng Starlink itself” is an effective option to protect the domestic industry. In addition, some countries paid by the military government are likely to require SpaceX to “censor” after introducing Starlink. “Like other carriers, SpaceX is likely to silently yield to demands,” Paul commented.
Also, the antenna to connect to Starlink is the size of a “pizza box” or “briefcase”, so it is difficult to carry it by hand, but it seems to be suitable for installation in a car, airplane, ship, etc. That’s why Paul sees high-speed Internet access inside buses, trucks, aircraft and cruise ships. On the other hand, he also said that “if a speed of 10 times is achieved, you may charge 10 times the charge.” In addition, Paul commented on the possibility of an ISP using Starlink, saying, “The network will be available even in places like never before.” Paul also said Starlink is a good emergency backup for disconnecting an existing WAN or VPN.