Billionaire Elon Musk-led SpaceX aims to launch its satellite internet service, Starlink, in India sometime in 2022. The aerospace company’s website has listed several Indian locations where the services will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The option to pre-book Starlink services is available to Indian users on the website at a refundable amount of $99 (around ₹7,265).
Starlink is a collection of small internet satellites that orbit closer to the earth’s surface (at an altitude of 550km) compared to large navigation and communication satellites which operate from medium earth orbit of 2,000 km to 35,000 km or the satellites in geosynchronous orbit, which operate from beyond 35,000 km. Due to their closer proximity to the earth’s surface Starlink and other similar satellites fair better in terms of latency and interference, resulting in better internet services.