SpaceX says its satellite internet service, Starlink, has achieved a latency under 20 milliseconds, which is on par with ground-based broadband.
Two benchmark tests, conducted by Ookla's Speedtest.net service, show Starlink achieving a 102 to 103Mbps download rate, 40 to 42Mbps upload rate, and a latency of 18 to 19ms. For comparison - the average latency for fixed broadband in the US is 25ms, while the rate on mobile networks is at 48ms, according to Speedtest.net. Interestingly, both benchmarks occurred on June 30, and in Seattle, Washington, at a time when SpaceX only had about 500 Starlink satellites in orbit. The company now has more than 700 satellites around the planet, which will likely improve coverage and data speeds.
SpaceX is manufacturing about 120 Starlink satellites each month. Their goal is to launch thousands of them into space to enable worldwide coverage and download speeds of 1Gbps. The company is also "on track" to produce thousands of user terminals consumers can hook up their homes to receive the satellite-based boradband. In addition, SpaceX plans on gearing up for a public beta trial for users "across multiple US states."
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We wanted to share this sweet story about pro golfer, Adam Scott, calling Ross Campbell, a man with brain injuries, who believed the two were longtime golf buddies.
In these trying times, pick up the phone and make an unexpected phone call.
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In a phone-a-friend moment during the coronavirus pandemic, Adam Scott reached out to a fellow golfer who’d been waiting for his call.Under the headline “No cameras, no trophies, but Adam Scott just won the lockdown’s act of kindness award,” the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Tuesday about an interaction between one of the world’s leading players and a fan he’d never met, but who believed the pair were playing buddies.
Ross Campbell reportedly has seven brain tumors and experiences confusion, including a belief that he and Scott regularly played rounds together.
The 76-year-old Campbell's daughter reached out to Scott while he was briefly back in Australia and the golfer readily agreed to make a call.
The newspaper quoted Campbell's wife, Pam, saying she stood by in tears as the pair spoke.
“They talked golf and Ross mentioned that he gets very wobbly in the legs when he goes out to play. He’s in a wheelchair and can hardly stand up but Adam must have sensed this and said he gets wobbly in his legs, too,” Pam Campbell told the Herald. Continue reading.
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