SpaceX has launched the first Starlink test satellites to connect mobile phones directly via Direct to Cell
SpaceX announced on the launch of 6 of 21 Starlink test satellites to connect mobile phone users directly via Direct to Cell. Elon Musk’s company announced the service in 2022.
Now SpaceX will test the service on regular LTE-compatible smartphones of the operator T-Mobile in the United States. The company then plans to launch a text messaging service via satellite in several countries.
Mask wrote, that the launch of six devices will contribute to the development of global communication and help eliminate dead zones. According to him, satellites will allow you to connect to a mobile phone at any point on Earth. The head of SpaceX reminded that the connection speed does not exceed 7 Mbps for each beam pattern.
In October last year, a section on Direct to Cell appeared on the Starlink website. SpaceX plans to launch the service in 2024. In the first phase, users will only be able to send text messages. The company plans to expand support for voice messages and data transmission in 2025, when more Direct to Cell satellites will be put into orbit. Next year, SpaceX also promises IoT satellite internet.
To connect to the service, you do not need to purchase additional equipment, update your phone or install special software.
For 2024, SpaceX has planned 144 rocket launches against 98 launches in 2023. Most of the launches this year will be related to the deployment of Starlink satellites. Last year, more than 60% of SpaceX’s rockets were delivered by satellite group vehicles.