SpaceX’s Starlink internet service has been widely praised in recent months after the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, redirected satellites over Ukraine to help civilians keep connected following Russia’s invasion.
That doesn’t paint the whole picture though, as the astronomical community, and even NASA, have warned of the potentially dangerous impact of satellite mega-constellations on our ability to conduct astronomical research.
Setting aside all the news surrounding Starlink, SpaceX, and CEO Elon Musk, how does the service fair as a practical, accessible tool for high-speed internet connectivity? Here’s a beginner’s guide for anyone considering taking the plunge.
1. How much does Starlink cost?
Starlink costs $110 per month, though users will have to pay a one-time $599 equipment fee before receiving their satellite dish and router. Prices should be the same in every country, though they can vary slightly due to taxes and shipping costs.