September 30, 2020 | internet | No Comments
It’s emerged that SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have been delivering internet services since early August to the Washington state military’s emergency management unit helping residents recover from recent wildfires.
As noted by CNBC, providing services to Washington emergency responders is the first publicly known application of the satellite broadband service.
SpaceX is currently conducting private Starlink beta trials with residents in some parts of northern US and lower Canada, including remote communities in Washington state, Starlink revealed in an FAQ posted on Reddit in July.
The Washington emergency division has been using seven Starlink user terminals, which SpaceX Elon Musk has previously described as like a “UFO on a stick”, with a skyward-facing disk that measures 48cm, or 19 inches, in diameter.
Musk has previously described the end-user terminals as being as easy to set up as “point at sky and just plug in”.
Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of