SpaceX's Starlink internet service gains more than 145,000 users

Asian Tech Press (Jan 7) -- Elon Musk's SpaceX announced on Thursday that its Starlink Internet service has served more than 145,000 users so far.

SpaceX's engineer Jessie Anderson said the service now has more than 145,000 users in 25 countries around the world, as the company has launched more satellites into Earth orbit in recent times. On Thursday, the company launched a Falcon 9 rocket in Florida, carrying 49 Starlink satellites into orbit.

While Starlink had only 140,000 users at the beginning of November last year.

Starlink is the company's satellite Internet plan, which is to build an Internet network composed of thousands of satellites. In the space industry, these satellites are called constellations, and their role is to provide high-speed Internet services to consumers anywhere on the earth. Currently SpaceX has about 1,800 Starlink satellites in orbit.

"Silicon shortages over the last six months have slowed our expected production rate and impacted our ability to fulfill many Starlink orders this year," Starlink said in an email in October, which was posted on Twitter.

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