Elon Musk’s space internet gives Native American tribe access to high-speed broadband for first time

A remote Native American tribe is among the first users of Elon Musk’s Starlink space internet project after it connected to SpaceX’s constellation of satellites.

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The Hoh Tribe in Washington State said Starlink’s high-speed broadband enabled remote learning and telehealth appointments during the coronavirus pandemic for the first time. 

“We’re very remote. The last eight years I felt like we’ve been paddling up river with a spoon and almost getting nowhere with getting internet to the reservation,” said Melvinjohn Ashue, vice chairman of the Hoh Tribe.

“It seemed like out of nowhere, SpaceX came up and just catapulted us into the 21st century.”

There are currently around 800 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit, offering internet connectivity to northern areas of the US and Canada. SpaceX eventually plans to launch tens of thousands more satellites to provide “near global coverage of the populated world by 2021”.

The Hoh Tribe were introduced to Starlink through the Washington State Department of Commerce, which sits within the current reach of the Starlink network.

It is one of several early testers of Starlink , with emergency responders in Washington State also recently using the network to set up a WiFi hotspot for residents of Malden after 80 per cent of the town was destroyed by wildfires.

The Hoh Tribe revealed that internet speeds prior to  Starlink ranged from between 0.3 and 0.7 megabits per second (Mbps) – a long way off the 100Mbps advertised by SpaceX.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch another 60 Starlink internet satellites into Earth’s orbit tonight

  • Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX is gearing up to launch another 60 Starlink internet satellites tonight.
  • The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 7:52 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).
  • Here’s how you watch the SpaceX launch live.

The next big batch of Starlink satellites will take to the skies tonight. The 60 new satellites will join SpaceX’s growing mega constellation to cover the world in a blanket high-speed internet.

Elon Musk’s space exploration company has already launched 650 satellites, 175 of which went up in August alone.

Musk had previously suggested that the company would launch Starlink satellites every two weeks throughout the year to hit 1,400 by the end of 2020, but the plan is progressing slower than that so far.

The SpaceX workhorse Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Pad 39A at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 7:52 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).

How to watch the SpaceX launch Once the rocket takes off, the Starlink satellites will be deployed within around 1 hour and 1 minute. You can catch the action live on YouTube stream embedded below or head on over to the SpaceX official channel.

Sun visors may not be enough to address Starlink’s concerns.In August, SpaceX started launching its satellites equipped with sun visors to make them less bright. The move came after several experts and scientists pointed out that the sheer number of satellites would block out the rest of the space and interfere with astronomical measurements.

An example recently came to light where the train of Starlink satellite was seen photobombing an image of Comet Neowise.

“The visors will probably make the satellites less bright, but it won’t stop