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You’ve probably heard of Starlink, but what are Starlink satellites used for, and how many satellites are in orbit? Good question. Starlink is a satellite internet provider that uses LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) satellites in a massive constellation in order to beam service down to users in remote locations. There are already a ton of Starlink satellites in the sky, but that’s just scratching the surface of Starlink’s ambition.

How many Starlink satellites are in orbit

As of June 2024, there are 6,219 satellites in Starlink’s constellation, though only 6,146 are currently working according to Astronomer Jonathan McDowell’s tracking research.The number constantly is changing as Starlink launches more and more. As for how many Starlink satellites there will eventually be? Right now, the FCC has approved 15,000. That seems like a lot, but it’s only a fraction of Starlink’s long-term goal. Starlink hopes to put around 42,000 into the sky someday to provide true globally available coverage.


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