With the launch of the first batch of Starlink internet satellites in 2024 aboard the Falcon 9 spaceship, SpaceX, under Elon Musk’s leadership, has started a new endeavor. At 10:44 p.m. EST on January 2, the launch took place. The goal of these satellites is to provide direct-to-cell capabilities, which would enable smartphone users to access satellite broadband directly. It is anticipated that this invention would address issues with geographic characteristics that often make it more difficult to provide internet services.
Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California launched 21 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit during the launch. Interestingly, the flight included the first six Starlink satellites with Direct-to-Cell capability being launched.
“With Direct to Cell capabilities, the first six Starlink satellites will be launched, enabling mobile network operators worldwide to offer seamless global access to texting, calling, and browsing wherever you may be on land, lakes, or coastal waters,” according to the official Starlink website.
In actuality, users of smartphones with the Starlink service will benefit from mobile phone access wherever they go.
Your current cell phone and the Starlink service will work together if your telecom operator has obtained access to it. This specific service is especially important for areas where there is little to no reliable internet connectivity.
The system’s ability to be quickly deployed further emphasizes its usefulness in emergency situations where terrestrial infrastructure may be unavailable for a variety of reasons, including natural disasters. Notably, under such circumstances, it can provide critical access to necessary resources.
As part of the launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 made a flawless landing on the droneship ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ in the Pacific Ocean just 8.5 minutes after takeoff. The goal of Starlink is to establish a global satellite internet network. As of right now, there are more than 5100 operational satellites in orbit, and the number rises with each new launch.