SpaceX’s Starlink satellite Internet “constellation” is increasingly proving its superiority when continuously setting impressive “records”. A recent test has shown that Starlink can support extremely fast download speeds for a ground target, even when that target is moving at speeds up to 100Km/h.
Essentially, Starlink uses a system of receivers permanently mounted on an object to connect to a low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite and transmit internet waves. In a recent test in Australia, a team of experts tried to install a signal receiver pan on a Tesla Model X, and let it run at high speed on the highway to test the stability of the connection signal. In other words, this test is aimed at measuring the performance of the Starlink satellite internet service while the terminal is in motion. Starlink currently locks terminals with a user-provided address, and when an object moves outside of this area, internet coverage through it is impossible.
However, the results are astonishing. Although the object moves at a high speed, the Starlink user software seems to work continuously and still provides strong download speeds. As revealed by experts, their first-generation Starlink pan system can achieve download speeds of 200Mbps while the vehicle is moving at 100 km/h. To ensure that the user’s terminal does not get damaged or lose signal when traveling at such high speeds, the team ensured that the terminal is securely mounted on the Model X, via a The custom mount system is bolted to the rear of the vehicle.
Connectivity range was also an item of interest in this test. Due to the limited number of satellites in orbit, Starlink currently “locks” the internet connection to the area around the user’s registered address. This helps prevent satellites from being overloaded at any time, and also enables effective coverage management in the early stages of service deployment.
The results show that the signal strength remains stable at a maximum distance of 30 km (km) from the original position. However, after the 30km mark, performance starts to decline, and the Starlink pan only really stops working when the car goes another 10km.
In addition to the fast and stable 200 Mbps download speed that was maintained during the time the Model X was traveling at 100km/h, Starlink also achieved an impressive upload speed of 17Mbps. However, information about the delay was not disclosed.
A test not long ago also demonstrated that SpaceX’s Internet service can provide an amazing download speed of 370Mbps at 9,300 feet in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA.
In the near future, SpaceX plans to bring internet connectivity to not only rural areas and difficult terrain areas, but also to means of transport such as ships and aviation. There are a number of objective factors that can affect the performance of Starlink, such as the number of satellites serving a particular area, the number of users in a shell, and the location of the users.