The Satellite internet unit of SpaceX, Starlink, aspires to provide continuous global coverage by September this year. Starlink currently offers beta services in 11 countries. US Communications Commission approved the deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit. According to CEO Elon Musk, the company had received more than 500,000 preorders. Starlink is planning to deploy 12000 satellites which will cost 10 bn dollars.
Google won the deal of providing cloud computing services to Elon Musk owned SpaceX, which recently launched 60 satellites to give high-speed internet. Ground stations of SpaceX will be set up in Google data centers to connect Starlink satellite. The low latency high-speed internet service is expected to start in the H2 of 2021. Musk hopes that these hundreds of internet-providing satellites will generate enough revenue to support SpaceX’s interplanetary goals.
India’s telecom department will write to SpaceX Technologies asking the Elon Musk-led firm to apply for necessary permissions to get approvals under local rules before offering Starlink satellite internet services in the country. DoT has no objections to SpaceX offering the internet service. It also wants to know the specific nature of services, the spectrum bands to be used, and the foreign satellite capacity it will use to deliver high-speed internet services.
SpaceX conducted its fourth high-altitude test flight of Starship prototype spacecraft. The test flight took off from SpaceX’s Texas development facility – which was recently renamed ‘Starbase’ by CEO Elon Musk. The SN11 prototype, unfortunately, was lost during the descent as reports suggest a large explosion that scattered debris around the landing site. SpaceX’s aim is to fly Starship to a 40,000 feet height to execute a ‘belly flop’ manoeuvre and then bring it back.
USA space agency NASA and Elon Musk’s private aerospace company SpaceX has entered into an agreement for maintaining and improving space safety. The key focus of the agreement is conjunction avoidance and launch collision avoidance between NASA spacecraft and SpaceX Starlink satellites, as well as related rideshare missions. Conjunction is referred to as a close approach between two objects in space at a very high speed.