I think StarLink is planning to launch 520-ish birds into its first polar orbits.
Given that Iridium
can cover the entire world with 66 birds & StarLink's planning almost 8x as many just in polar orbits, I would think those polar birds, which will apparently ALL have laser inter-sat comms initially, should also be able to cover the world, albeit with limited bandwidth compared with the entire constellation.
Those polar birds will only be in 10 planes, so they'll have 18° of planar separation but only about 7° of separation within each plane, which should allow several to be in view at any given time. Also, when the birds are over the oceans, there's nobody else out there wanting to use them, so 520 should be plenty to service
the needs of any boats out there. And StarLink shouldn't need to negotiate any service
agreements with governments out there.
So yes, not yet, & possibly not even this year, but we have hope of it coming soon.
Apparently the polar birds are all launched from Vandenberg?
Does anyone know the Vandenberg launch schedule?