SpaceX Is Testing Out Starlink Internet in Antartica Using Space Lasers

Starlink satellites hitch a ride to low Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. Starlink has made its way to the southernmost continent, beaming down broadband

internet to a research center in Antartica. McMurdo Station, a research outpost run by the U.S. Antarctic Program, is testing out a Starlink terminal to enhance its

connectivity. The National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds the program, announced the recent development this week on Twitter, “NSF-supported USAP scientists in

#Antarctica are over the moon! Starlink is testing polar service with a newly deployed user terminal at McMurdo Station, increasing bandwidth and connectivity for science

support.” NSF-supported USAP scientists in #Antarctica are over the moon! Starlink is testing polar service with a newly deployed user terminal at McMurdo Station,

increasing bandwidth and connectivity for science support. pic.twitter.com/c3kLGk8XBV— National Science Foundation (@NSF) September 14, 2022 McMurdo Station conducts

scientific research on geology, astrophysics, and climate systems, among other things. The research center hosts close to 1,000 people during Antarctica’s summer season, which

runs from October to February, according to NSF. The center’s internet connectivity has been a little spotty. McMurdo already relies on internet satellite from a traditional

provider, but the weak connection severely limited people’s online activity.