On February 2, 2022, SpaceX launched 49 new satellites into low-Earth orbit as part of the company’s Starlink satellite internet project, which already features 2,000 satellites. The only problem is that 40 of those satellites didn’t make it.
Continue reading to learn more about this issue and to find out more about HughesNet installation.
What caused the problem?
Unlike some other space-related disasters, this one was completely unavoidable. A strong geomagnetic storm changed atmospheric conditions one day after the satellites were launched.
This storm increased drag by over 50 percent, dooming all but nine of the satellites even though they’re designed in a way to minimize drag. The SpaceX team hadn’t seen anything like this before in any of the test runs, and there’s no way to predict these kinds of storms.
What will happen to the debris?
If you’re worried about satellites crashing down to the ground or landing on your house like some kind of sci-fi movie, don’t be. The fallen satellites will all burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere before they get anywhere near the ground. Better yet, they’re not expected to affect any other satellites or equipment already in orbit.
Will current Starlink customers lose service?
The good news for current Starlink customers is that this setback won’t affect their current service in any way; however, anyone looking forward to signing up for Starlink might have to wait a little bit longer to get their service.
What does this mean for future satellite launches?
Thankfully, most satellite launches are successful, so there’s no reason to assume that this recent news coming out of Cape Canaveral will affect future satellite launches. In fact, SpaceX still has plans to double the current number of Starlink satellites in the sky.
If there’s one lesson satellite internet providers can take away from this whole thing, it’s that you can never count your chickens before they hatch. The launch looked like it was a success for an entire day, and then Mother Nature wiped out nearly all of the satellites.
Benefits of HughesNet vs Starlink
Besides the fact that HughesNet satellites aren’t falling out of the sky, HughesNet has a few distinct advantages over Starlink. Here are a few reasons to go with HughesNet installation:
- Availability: First and foremost, HughesNet is available in every state, while Starlink is only available in a handful of states up in the Northwest and Canada. While the company is clearly trying to expand, there’s no telling how long it’ll take for Starlink to be available nationwide.
- Satellite technology: SpaceX has so many satellites floating in the low-Earth orbit because each one is limited to covering a relatively small geographic area. On the other hand, HughesNet has a satellite located 22,000 miles away that provides coverage from coast to coast.
Schedule HughesNet installation today
Now that you know a bit more about HughesNet vs Starlink, talk to our team at JDS Systems about making the switch to HughesNet. We’ll send someone out right away to perform an inspection to see if you’re a candidate for HughesNet service.