SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites and 3 Planet Skysats for first rideshare launch – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX has launched its latest batch of Starlink satellites, growing the constellation by another 58 spacecraft just 10 days after its most recent Starlink launch. That brings the total number of operational Starlink broadband internet satellites on orbit to 538. SpaceX also split the payload for this Starlink mission for the first time, giving…

FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms

[ad_1] The Federal Communications Commission said it has “serious doubts” that SpaceX and other low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite providers will be able to deliver latencies of less than 100ms. As we reported yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai backed off a plan that would have completely prevented SpaceX and other LEO companies from applying for rural-broadband…

Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims

[ad_1] Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino The Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on whether to let SpaceX and other satellite providers apply for rural-broadband funding as low-latency providers. But Chairman Ajit Pai said companies like SpaceX will have to prove they can offer low latencies as the FCC does not plan to “fund untested…

Here’s what Virgin Orbit hopes to achieve with their first full orbital test launch on Sunday – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Virgin Orbit held a press briefing on Saturday hosted by CEO Dan Hart and VP of Special Projects Will Pomerantz. The company aims to fly its first ever orbital test launch on Sunday, at roughly 9:30 AM PT (12:30 PM ET), though there’s flexibility for that to move depending on preparations and weather. If…

Elon Musk says Starlink internet private beta to begin in roughly three months, public beta in six – TechCrunch

[ad_1] SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has shared more details about when in 2020 we can expect the company’s Starlink low-latency, high-bandwidth satellite internet service to actually be available to customers. He said on Twitter that a private beta for Starlink would begin in around three months, with a public beta to kick off…

Pandemic hasn’t crushed broadband networks—even rural areas are doing OK

[ad_1] The sharp growth in residential-broadband traffic seen during the pandemic is starting to level off, new data shows. While Internet speeds have slowed somewhat in many parts of the United States, it turns out that even rural-broadband networks are holding up pretty well. Speeds have dropped in rural areas but are stabilizing, BroadbandNow reported…