“The only constraint may be the high density of users in urban areas,” Musk said in a tweet, responding to a CNBC reporter’s comment. In fact, the reporter’s post said that SpaceX took $99 (about Rs 7,300) as a deposit, which was fully refundable but service was not guaranteed.
Only limitation 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 the multi-million user range,” Musk said. SpaceX has not yet set a date for Starlink’s service launch. But commercial service will not be provided as planned earlier. By the end, the company is planning to install 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).
Sending rockets to outer space is a capital intensive business. But two of the world’s richest men, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Musk (who is also the chief of automaker Tesla), have invested billions of dollars within years to pave the way for the market.
Musk and Bezos have publicly rivaled each other for satellite plans. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last month approved the placement of some Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit keeping in mind the safety of the plan, subject to certain conditions. But according to the company’s plan, these were to be installed above this. SpaceX also accepted the condition, acknowledging that their satellites could interfere with Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.