Showing posts with label Starlink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starlink. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

WATCH: Elon Musk expects Starlink to hit 500,000 subscribers in a year

"Think of Starlink as filling the gaps between 5G and fiber connectivity... reaching 3-5% where connectivity is limited" stated Elon Musk in a virtual keynote for MWC Barcelona.

Some highlights

  • 1,500 Starlink satellites are currently in service
  • over 5MW of combined power from the solar arrays on each satellite
  • The Starlink constellation is currently carrying 30 Tbps of data
  • By August, there will be global coverage except for the poles
  • Currently offering service in 12 countries
  • The service is meant for sparsely-populated areas and not dense urban areas
  • Recently passed over 69,420 active users
  • Elon expects over 500,000 active users within 12 months
  • Several telcos have signed up to use Starlink for data backhaul but not yet ready to disclose their names.
  • Starlink is getting ready to launch satellite version 1.5 with inter-satellite laser links
  • Version 2.0 of Starlink satellites will be much more capable and will start launching next year.
  • Elon estimates the total investment in Starlink at between $5 billion to $10 billion before the company becomes cash flow positive, and a lot more after that.

The archived webcast is here (32 minutes):

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

SpaceX completes 29th Starlink mission

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites on Wednesday, May 26 from Launch Complex 40 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This was the second launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched the Sentinel-6A mission.

In addition, SpaceX noted that Starlink has begun providing service in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

SpaceX to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data centers

SpaceX will begin to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data center properties, enabling the secure, low-latency, and reliable delivery of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to-date to locations at the network edge via Google Cloud. 

Under a new strategic partnership announced by the companies, Google Cloud's high-capacity private network will support the delivery of Starlink's global satellite internet service. The partnership will be especially relevant to organizations with broad footprints, like public sector agencies, businesses with presences at the network edge, or those operating in rural or remote areas. Starlink's constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites provides a path for these organizations to deliver data and applications to teams distributed across countries and continents, quickly and securely.

"Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they're operating in a highly networked or remote environment," said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure at Google Cloud. "We are delighted to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure, and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams up and running."

"Combining Starlink's high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google's infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect," said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. "We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world."

This new capability, delivered by Google Cloud and Starlink to enterprise customers, is expected to be available in the second half of 2021.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

SpaceX completes 27th Starlink mission

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites on Sunday, May 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 booster, which successfully landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, has now completed 10 launches and landings. It previously supported Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, SXM-7, and now seven Starlink missions.

The launch occurred only 5 days after the last Starlink launch.

Over 500,000 people have signed up or pre-ordered Starlink service. Starlink also announced that it is now providing service in Austria and France.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

SpaceX completes 25th Starlink launch

SpaceX successfully launched its next batch of 60 Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The booster successfully landed on the drone ship in the Atlantic.

It was the 25th Starlink launch mission and the 11th mission of 2021 all of which used reflown boosters. 

The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster used for this launch previously supported launch of GPS III Space Vehicle 03, Turksat 5A, and four Starlink missions.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

SpaceX completes 22nd Starlink mission on Sunday

Only three days since its last Starlink mission, SpaceX launched a further 60 Starlink satellites on Sunday, March 14 at 6:01 a.m. EDT. The booster landed successfully on a drone ship in the Atlantic.

The mission was the ninth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously supported launch of Crew Dragon Demo-1, RADARSAT Constellation, SXM-7, and five Starlink missions.

It also marks the 77th successful recovery on an orbital class booster by SpaceX.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

SpaceX completes 20th Starlink launch mission

 On Thursday, March 4, SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch marked the 20th Starlink mission for SpaceX. It was also the eighth launch of this Falcon 9 booster, which previously supported Iridium-8, Telstar 18 VANTAGE, and five Starlink missions.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

SpaceX completes 16th Starlink launch, feedback from beta users

On Tuesday, November 24, SpaceX successfully completed its 16th Starlink launch mission, delivering a further 60 satellites to orbit, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites launched to date to over 950. The number of Starlink satellites currently in ordit may be a bit lower, as media reports indicate that the company could have de-orbited a small number of its earliest satellites. 

Following Tuesday's launch, the booster rocket successfully landed on a drone ship off the Florida coast. The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster that supported this mission previously flew on six other missions.

SpaceX also confirmed that its "Better Than Nothing Beta" test program is underway. A Reddit page with feedback from participants is here:

Sunday, June 14, 2020

SpaceX launches 58 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX successfully launched 58 Starlink satellites using a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch also carried three Earth-imaging spacecraft for Planet Labs.

It was the third SpaceX launch in two weeks.

SpaceX has launched 538 Starlink satellites, significantly extending its lead as the largest constellation of satellites.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites

SpaceX successfully launched 60 Starlink satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. This brings the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to 180.

Following the launch, SpaceX recovered the Falcon 9 boost and its fairing.