This map shows where the Starlink satellites are in real time
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are gaining more and more prominence in low Earth orbit, so little by little specific tools are emerging to chase them in the night sky or know where they are in real time.
Satellitemap.space is one of the second: an overwhelming map of the Earth that shows where the satellites of the network are at any given moment and what is the scope of their coverage. The map is updated live with data from space-track.org and allows you to filter by launch or view the specific name of each satellite. The last two batches of satellites have yet to be included and in Hacker News they argue that the coverage calculation is reliable, but it is a curious tool to have satellites controlled before they are 42,000.
How many Starlink satellites are there in space?
The first prototype Starlink satellites launched into orbit in 2018. There have been over 20 successful launches since then, bringing the total number of satellites launched to nearly 1,300 as of February 2021. SpaceX launched some of the satellites into orbit using the Falcon 9 orbital rocket.
Eventually, Starlink hopes to surround the entire planet with satellites that can be carried by a usable, high-speed Wi-Fi signal. Starlink will likely need at least 10,000 satellites in orbit to achieve this goal. SpaceX has suggested it wants up to 30,000 satellites in the constellation, while Musk has claimed the service should reach worldwide availability sometime in 2022 – if it can successfully complete several more satellite launches.
SpaceX launched the eighth batch of Starlink on Saturday, this time with 58 satellites instead of 60 because it was a shared launch with the startup Planet Labs. A few days later, the satellite train passed through the Iberian Peninsula at a suitable time to turn visible in the night sky: shortly before sunrise. In Isla Cristina (Huelva) some fishermen saw the lights and took several photos.
The satellites will eventually separate to provide internet coverage in Canada and the northern United States. There are already 538 in orbit with Earth, but SpaceX plans to launch 12,000 in the first half of the decade, and has asked for approval of another 30,000 to expand its internet coverage to almost the entire world.
The company has several open fronts: The first against astronomers, who demand measures so that the satellites shine less and stop interfering with the observations of ground-based telescopes. The second with the Federal Communications Commission of the United States, which does not trust that Starlink offers the low latency that Elon Musk promises, and could deny him the grant that SpaceX asks for to offer internet in rural environments.
Where is Starlink available?
According to SpaceX, the Starlink service is “ideal for areas of the globe where connectivity has typically been a challenge.” It is currently only available in selected parts of the US, Canada, UK and other areas, with coverage focused on areas situated between 45 and 53 degrees north latitude.
Coverage will grow as more satellites are added to the Starlink constellation.
Update May 12, 2022: SpaceX is now available in 32 countries around the world, the company announced; The space company says it will ship “immediately”.
Starlink shared the service’s availability map, which shows it as “available” in most of Europe and North America, as well as parts of South America, Australia, and New Zealand. The rest of the world, including Africa, is shown as “coming soon” with expected availability in 2023. For reference, earlier this year, SpaceX said it was available in only 25 countries.
Is Starlink available in my area
Starlink internet is currently undergoing beta testing in parts of the US, Canada, and the UK to people who live between 44 and 53 degrees latitude. Once it’s available, you will be able to get Starlink internet in rural and underserved areas of the world.
Where is Starlink available
Starlink is available in less than a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe and Oceania, including the United States, Mexico, Chile and Spain, and it is expected to reach Argentina and Colombia in 2023. In Brazil, its entrance is getting closer, after the local authorities authorize its operations.
As of February 2022, it had 100,000 customers worldwide. However, the company’s projections are to reach 500,000 users in its first year. These are the countries where the beta of the service was available as of February 2022:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
Who can try Starlink?
Starlink has started accepting requests from customers who want to try Starlink. Enter your address on the Starlink website and press the “order now” button to see if you are eligible.