SpaceX now advertising Swarm satellite IoT connectivity on its Starlink network #Space #IoT #InternetOfThings @SpaceX @thesheetztweetz
SpaceX bought satellite data start-up Swarm, in a rare acquisition by Elon Musk’s space company over a year ago. SpaceX is now advertising Swarm satellite Internet of Things connectivity on its Starlink website, with IoT service at $5 per month.
Swarm provides low-bandwidth satellite connectivity for only $5/month using ultra-small satellites in a low orbit. Swarm satellites cover every point on Earth, enabling IoT devices to affordably operate in any location.
Swarm’s satellites orbit at 450-550 km altitude, providing fully global coverage. The satellites are spread out like strings of pearls into a series of distributed sun-synchronous orbital planes. This configuration allows the satellites to maintain reliable global network coverage.
Swarm has the smallest operational satellites in space, at just ¼U (11 x 11 x 2.8 cm). Because of their small size, they cost much less to launch than most satellites, and we pass these savings along to our customers.
Swarm’s baseline subscription supports 750 data packets a month (up to 150kB per device per month).
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