Ground Report | New Delhi: Musk’s satellite internet; The central government on Friday banned the services of US billionaire Elon Musk’s Internet company Starlink. The central government issued a statement late Friday, stating that Starlink has been asked to follow the rules.
Musk’s satellite internet
The statement says that Starlink has been “prohibited from reserving and providing Internet services in India with immediate effect.” Starlink was registered in India on November 1 last. Following this, Starlink began broadcasting its advertisements and booking services.
“The Department of Telecommunications Ministry of Communications, Government of India has pointed out that Starlink Internet Services is not licensed to offer satellite-based internet services in India being advertised to the public… the government, (accordingly), has asked the company to comply with the Indian regulatory framework for rendering satellite-based communication services and refrain from booking/ rendering such services in India with immediate effect,” said Ministry of Communications in a statement issued Friday.
What is Starlink
Technically a division within SpaceX, Starlink is also the name of the spaceflight company’s growing network of orbital satellites or “constellation.” The development of that network began in 2015, with the first prototypes of satellites put into orbit in 2018.
In the years since SpaceX has deployed more than 1,000 Starlink satellites into orbit through dozens of successful launches. In January, for its first Starlink mission of 2021, SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center using the Falcon 9 orbital rocket, which can be landed and relaunched.
Subsequent launches, the most recent of which put a further 51 satellites into orbit on September 13, have brought the total number of satellites in the constellation to 1,791, although some of those satellites are prototypes or non-operational units that are not functional parts. of the constellation.