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How many Starlink satellites will be in operation on the 1st of July 2020?
Starlink is a satellite constellation development project underway by American company SpaceX, to develop a low-cost, high-performance satellite bus and requisite customer ground transceivers to implement a new space-based Internet communication system.
SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell said in an interview on the 22nd of October 2019 that:
SpaceX is confident it can start offering broadband service in the United States via its Starlink constellation in mid-2020 [...] Getting there will require the company to launch six to eight batches of satellites.
And in another interview on the 27th of October 2019, she said that:
In the next few weeks we’re going to launch another 60 and then get to a cadence of launching 60 every other week to fill out the constellation
Question: How many Starlink satellites will be in orbit and operational on the 1st of July 2020?
- Resolution is by credible media report.
- This is insensitive to the project changing name, being bought by another company, etc. as long as it is the same project as judged by a Metaculus admin.
- "Operational" means capable of participating in the Starlink network, whether it is already in operation or not.
- "On the 1st of July 2020" is 2020-07-01 00:00:00 UTC.
This question has a long-term sister: How many Starlink satellites will be in operation at the end of 2027?
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