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Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starlink internet is active on all 7 continents

Added 09-19-22 09:14:03am EST - “SpaceX was recently denied an $886 million subsidy from the Federal Communications Commission to expand the Starlink internet service.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starlink internet is active on all 7 continents”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Elon Musk said SpaceX's satellite internet service, Starlink, was available on every continent, meaning it had reached its goal of providing worldwide coverage.

The SpaceX CEO tweeted late on Sunday: "Starlink is now active on all continents, including Antarctica."

SpaceX launched on Sunday a batch of 54 Starlink satellites after five previous attempts were scrubbed because of bad weather. These satellites have joined the 3,076 working Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit. The goal is to have up to 42,000 satellites by mid-2027.

Ukraine is one of the most notable areas that Starlink is operating in. Musk sent Starlink terminals to the country after Ukraine's vice-prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, asked Musk in February for help.

Despite being active on seven continents, Starlink failed to get the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval for a $886 million subsidy to expand the internet service to rural homes and businesses in almost 650,000 places across 35 US states. The FCC said Starlink "failed to demonstrate that the providers could deliver the promised service."

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