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Elon Musk's SpaceX provides Washington towns ravaged by wildfires with early access to its Starlink internet in a bid to help first responders battling the blazes Parts of Washington are without internet due to wildfires  SpaceX is lending a hand by giving towns early access to its Starlink internet  The firm has provided officials with seven terminals to access the internet First responders are using it to locate fires and areas in need of assistance 

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:22 BST, 2 October 2020 | Updated: 17:35 BST, 2 October 2020

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is lending a hand to the first responders battling wildfires in Washington by providing them with internet from space.

The firm provided the Washington Emergency Management Division seven 'UFO on a stick' user terminals to receive internet from Starlink satellites in low orbit.

Officials say the satellites have doubled the bandwidth and produced more than 150 percent decrease in latency.

The terminals are currently being used near Malden, which was devastated by wildfires, and another is located near a smaller fire dubbed the Sumner-Grade Wildfire in western Washington.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is lending a hand to the first responders battling wildfires in Washington by providing them with internet from space. The firm provided the Washington Emergency Management Division seven 'UFO on a stick' user terminals to receive internet from Starlink satellites in low orbit

Elon Musk's SpaceX is lending a hand to the first responders battling wildfires in Washington by providing them with internet from space. The firm provided the Washington Emergency Management Division seven 'UFO on a stick' user terminals to receive internet from Starlink satellites in low orbit

Musk's firm was able to assist these towns due to the satellites being in the right position.

'Glad SpaceX could help! We are prioritizing emergency responders & locations with no Internet connectivity at all,' the CEO shared in a tweet.

Eric Rosenberry, an Oregon resident, reached out to SpaceX with the hopes of obtaining the same service for Mckenzie Bridge and Rainbow that are also battling wildfires and have been left without internet.

'Starlink reached out and sadly the impacted areas are not under their coverage pattern to provide reliable service,' Rosenberry shared on Twitter.

Musk's firm was able to assist these towns due to the satellites being in the right position

Musk's firm was able to assist these towns due to the satellites being in the right position 

SpaceX launched its first batch of Starlink satellites on May 23, 2019, marking the beginning of its journey to provide the world with internet – specifically rural regions.

Today the firm has a total of 775 devices in low orbit and has noted in the past that it just needs 800 to offer a full service.

SpaceX plans to launch at least 2,200 satellites over the next five years in order to offer a global broadband service covering even the most remote areas of the world.

However, the two towns in Washington received early access due to the devastating fires that have charred miles of internet fiber cables.

The terminals are currently being used near Malden, which was devastated by wildfires, and another is located near a smaller fire dubbed the Sumner-Grade Wildfire in western Washington

The terminals are currently being used near Malden, which was devastated by wildfires, and another is located near a smaller fire dubbed the Sumner-Grade Wildfire in western Washington

The towns are without internet due to fires burning internet cables.  Officials say Starlink doubles the bandwidth compared to traditional internet satellites and there is more than 150 percent decreases in latency.

The towns are without internet due to fires burning internet cables.  Officials say Starlink doubles

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