Musk responded to a comment made by a CNBC reporter via tweet, stating, “There can only be one obstacle to the high density of users in urban areas.” In fact, the reporter’s post stated that SpaceX took $ 99 (about Rs 7,300) as deposits, which were fully refundable but the service was not guaranteed.
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Only limit is high density of users in urban areas. Most likely, all of the initial 500k will receive service. More of a challenge when we get into the several million user range.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 4, 2021
“The challenge comes when we enter a range of several million users,” Musk said. SpaceX has not yet set a date for Starlink’s service launch. But commercial service will not be provided as was planned earlier. By the end, the company is planning to put a total of 12000 satellites. The company says that its price for Starlink will go up to about $ 10 billion (about Rs 73,840 crore).
Rocket sending to outer space is a capital-intensive business. But two of the world’s wealthiest individuals, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Musk (who is also the chief of automaker Tesla) have invested billions of dollars over the years to pave the way in this market.
Musk and Bezos have been publicly rivaling each other for satellite plans. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month approved placing some Starlink satellites in the lower orbit of the earth, keeping in mind the security of the plan with some conditions. But according to the company’s plan, these were to be planted above it. SpaceX also accepted the condition, acknowledging that their satellites could interfere with Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.