A Starlink user terminal, also known as an antenna or satellite dish, on the roof of a building.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Thursday provided an update on its Starlink internet service as the company has launched more satellites into orbit.
SpaceX engineer Jesse Anderson said during a webcast of the company’s first launch this year that Starlink now has over 145,000 users in 25 countries. This is up from 140,000 users in early November, but represents a slowdown in user growth.
On Thursday, the company launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, which delivered 49 Starlink satellites into orbit.
Starlink is the company’s plan to create an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation. It is designed to provide high-speed Internet access to consumers anywhere in the world. SpaceX has about 1,800 Starlink satellites in orbit.
An increase of 5,000 users in two months represents a slowdown in growth. Until November, SpaceX had added approximately 11,000 users per month since service began in October 2020.
Late last year, SpaceX noted on its website that “a shortage of silicon is delaying production” of Starlink user terminals, “which has impacted our ability to fulfill orders.”
SpaceX’s valuation has surpassed $ 100 billion, largely attributed by industry analysts to the market potential of its Starlink service.