According to Bloomberg, Musk's satellite internet service called "Starlink" successfully completed a nine-month pilot test in the harsh, snowy environment in the Arctic.
Brian Beal, principal engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory's Integrated Capabilities Directorate, stated that StarLink was a "reliable and high-performance communications system in the Arctic, including on-the-move applications."
Beal said the test ended in June and evaluated Starlink's usefulness for high-speed internet in remote areas that can be set up in minutes.
"We tested in some very high winds and very cold temperatures," he said, adding, "That all went smoothly though. Once we got the terminals mounted securely to withstand high winds, they worked great with no issues."
Musk has seen months of success with Starlink. The Pentagon granted Starlink a contract to support Ukraine in June and, in late September, awarded Starlink an additional $70 million contract for the Starshield project.
Reports indicate Starlink is preparing for an IPO in 2024. Musk recently announced, "Excited to announce that @SpaceX @Starlink has achieved breakeven cash flow!"
In September, Tesla blogger Sawyer Merritt posted a graph on X showing Starlink's onboarding of new customers has been parabolic since June 2022. The service now has more than 2 million users worldwide.
Meanwhile, SpaceX currently has a $175 billion valuation. It has delivered 80% of all Earth's payload mass to orbit this year.
SpaceX is tracking to launch over 80% of all Earth payload to orbit this year pic.twitter.com/DMf5tpG0kI— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 6, 2023