SpaceX recently revised the likely roadmap for its Starlink initiative, a plan to beam high-speed internet across the globe using a satellite constellation. The changes slightly reduced the number of satellites that will need to launch, where they’ll be positioned, and how they’ll interact.

The company has permission from the Federal Communications Commission to put 4,425 satellites into orbit and has a long-term plan of launching almost 12,000. But how exactly will this work?

To try and make this ambitious plan more accessible, Mark Handley, a professor of networked systems at University College London, created a visualization of how the first phase of the Starlink array would operate. He tells Inverse that it would enable connection between London and Singapore in about half the time that is possible with the current fiber optic infrastructure.

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