Amidst a series of tweets on Twitter in early September, Elon Musk revealed that his satellites, to be launched in the next few months, have inter-satellite laser links, which will not require any local downlinks.
Our satellites launching in the next few months have inter-satellite laser links, so no local downlink needed. Probably active in 4 to 6 months.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 1, 2021
In response to this, Twitter user Scott Manley (@DJSnM) asked a question on the laser and the technology behind it, in response to which the CEO of SpaceX has claimed that this technology used in the Starlink satellite internet service will allow data at the speed of light. Transfer will happen.
He also told that after the introduction of this technology, the need for ground station will also be reduced. Currently, the Starlink network operates on a dish, satellite and ground station basis. With the removal of the ground station, the data flow will definitely be direct and there will be a difference in speed. Ground stations have proved to be a hindrance to data transfer. This is because satellite communication takes time.
Musk did not tell about the exact speed, but has definitely told that this speed will be up to 40 percent faster than optical fibers.