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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Starlink satellite internet service has broken yet another download speed barrier. A user shared the results in Germany on Twitter, and they reveal that the service was able to achieve a blistering-fast download speed of 649 Megabits per second (Mbps). This surpasses the fast Starlinnk download speeds that we've managed to come across so far in the United States, and the graph shared on the social media platform reveals that, on average, the internet service was able to achieve a download speed of 300 Mbps consistently.
Starlink User In Germany Reveals Blazing Fast Internet Download Speeds – Dish Operates At Surface Temperature of 133°F
Courtesy of Twitter user @awlnx, who also appears to be a software engineer, we've managed to get our hands on two crucial Starlink parameters. The first of these is the service's download speed, which according to an image shared by him, touched 649 Mbps on Tuesday, 20:45 local time in Munich, Germany.
Compared to the previous download speeds that we've come across, this is more than 100 Mbps higher. The last record was held by another user in Germany, who was residing in the city of Kassel. This user shared a screengrab of the popular Internet speed test measuring application from Ookla, which revealed that Starlink had touched a 540 Mbps download speed and, more importantly, a latency of 6 milliseconds making the service perfect for gaming and video conferencing users.
While today's results do demonstrate a higher download speed, Starlink falls short in the latency front. During the testing run, the lowest latency achieved was roughly 37 milliseconds, higher than what other users in the United States have reported.
The recent heatwave in Western America has also created problems for Starlink beta testers. Some of them have reported that their dish terminals have overheated and shut down in temperatures ranging between 111°F and 122°F, while others have reported flawless performance. This variation has caused speculation that perhaps either the surfaces on which the dishes are placed are heating their internal components, or perhaps the shutdowns are related to isolated, faulty hardware.
awlnx also shared a thermal reading of the top of his consumer terminal, revealing that the surface temperature seems to have little impact on its performance. The user measured the surface temperature of his terminal through a temperature gun, and the final reading revealed that the dish was operating perfectly at 56°C (133°F). However, it is important to note that the air temperature at the time was a paltry 35°C (95°F), so the higher temperatures being experienced by the American users are likely translating into even higher temperatures for the sky-facing surface of the dish.
#Starlink still going strong. The temperature on the surface of it is 56C.
Air temperature about 35C. pic.twitter.com/25Q2eattOr
— awlnx (@awlnx) June 18, 2021
Starlink customer representatives have also indicated that a software update to address these shutdowns is currently being developed. This culls speculation that the terminal shutdowns are due to a hardware fault, but until a software patch fixes all problems, we'll have to hold back from reaching any conclusions. The latest software patch for Starlink came out earlier this week and did not seem to address the overheating problems.
The internet service is currently in its beta stage, and with the new satellites populating more orbital planes than before, it takes longer for a spacecraft to reach its intended orbit and become functional. Therefore, it might take some time before more users are allowed to enter the beta service, and in the meantime, SpaceX will continue to monitor performance and make the required adjustments as Starlink moves inch by inch towards cash flow positivity to become profitable.