SpaceX StarLink satellite internet [UPDATES]


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8th landing for this booster, 75th booster landing,

53 Falcon 9 Block 5 launches, 107 total Falcon 9 launches.

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Doesn't sound like there'll be much of a change of policy WRT low Earth orbit communication satellite constellations like Starlink, OneWeb, etc.  

 

 

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Another military test of StarLink...

 

 

 

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The UK is very interested in Starlink...

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/22/elon-musks-spacex-starlink-in-talks-with-uks-project-gigabit.html

 

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SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet in talks for a place in the UK’s $6.9 billion ‘Project Gigabit’

 

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• Elon Musk’s SpaceX is in talks with the United Kingdom for the company’s Starlink satellite division to potentially earn funding as a part of the government’s new $6.9 billion internet infrastructure program.

 

• U.K. Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman recently met with Starlink leadership, a person familiar with the talks told CNBC, as a part of discussions for the ‘Project Gigabit’ plan rolled out on Friday.

 

• SpaceX in October began rolling out early Starlink service in a public beta that now extends to customers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany and New Zealand – with service priced at $99 a month in the U.S.

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Sky News first reported the talks, noting that U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden believes Starlink is one of the best options for delivering internet service to hard-to-reach areas across the country.

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StarLink factory the street from Tesla's Giga Texas 

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/02/spacex-building-starlink-manufacturing-factory-in-austin-texas.html

 

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SpaceX is building a factory in Austin, Texas for Starlink satellite internet equipment

 

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• SpaceX plans to build a new Starlink equipment factory in Austin, Texas, a company job posting revealed.

 

• Elon Musk’s company noted that the factory is designed for “high volume manufacturing,” specifically to make “millions of consumer facing devices.”

 

• Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites.

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SpaceX plans to build a new factory in Austin, Texas – adding another expansion to the region from one of Elon Musk’s companies after the billionaire founder moved there last year.

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SpaceX noted that the factory is designed for “high volume manufacturing,” specifically to make “millions of consumer facing devices.” For its satellite internet network, those devices are known as the Starlink Kit and include the antenna (or dish) that connects to the satellites, Wi-Fi routers and antenna mounting hardware

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End of beta & mobile Starlink timing...

 

 

 

 

 

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FCC approves lower StarLink orbits...which drew many objections from the competition.

 

 

 

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StarLink + Google Cloud

 

(Been expecting this since Google & Fidelity invested $1B in 2015)

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/13/google-cloud-wins-spacex-deal-for-starlink-internet-connectivity.html

 

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Google wins cloud deal from Elon Musk’s SpaceX for Starlink internet connectivity

 

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• Google announced that its cloud unit has won a deal to supply computing and networking resources to Elon Musk’s SpaceX to help deliver internet service through the latter’s Starlink satellites.

 

• The Starlink satellite internet will rely on Google’s private fiber-optic network to quickly make connections to cloud services as part of a deal that could last seven years.

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SpaceX will install ground stations at Google data centers that connect to SpaceX’s Starlink satellites, with an eye toward providing fast internet service to enterprises in the second half of this year.

 

The deal represents a victory for Google as it works to take share from Amazon and Microsoft in the fast-growing cloud computing market.

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