SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the number of Starlink user terminals is now over 250,000.
Musk made the announcement through his favourite social media channel Twitter, but the tweet left some confused as to what exactly he was talking about.
Over 250k Starlink user terminals
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 14, 2022
At first glance the tweet makes it sound like Musk is referring to the number of active Starlink users.
However, that would mean the number of users has increased by more than 100,000 in the last five weeks alone.
During their first launch Falcon 9 rocket launch of 2022 on January 6, SpaceX revealed the number of active Starlink users was at 145,000.
With that scenario seemingly highly unlikely, Musk was probably referring to the number of Starlink user terminals the company has manufactured.
In November the company sent an email to customers apologizing for long shipping delays, saying production of Starlink terminals had been hampered by silicon shortages.
While the company didn’t specify at the time how many terminals it had produced to date, this is hopefully a good sign that wait times will soon be shrinking.
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