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Kuiper, OneWeb agree on orbital debris

OneWeb already has some two-thirds of its 648 broadband constellation in orbit while Amazon’s Kuiper has yet to start launching its initial fleet of 3,236 satellites. Elon Musk’s Starlink has launched 2,706 craft into their target low Earth orbits. Some of the Starlinks have failed but OneWeb and Kuiper have agreed a set of planned […]

June 27, 2022

SpaceX developing Project Echo

Reports suggest that SpaceX has acquired land East of Austin, Texas, to build its ‘Project Echo’. The new project involves a new warehouse built on some 170 acres of land. The local application covers construction in Bastrop County, and which is located not far from a new Tesla factory and where Elon Musk’s Boring Company […]

June 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

Musk shows no mercy

Elon Musk has had a spectacular few days. A successful launch on June 17th, when a SpaceX rocket placed 53 Starlink satellites into orbit, was followed the next day with the launch of the SARah-1 German military mission from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and where the booster rocket returned to land. A […]

June 20, 2022

Bank: “Difficult to make Starlink work financially”

Technically, Elon Musk’s Starlink is working well. Musk’s generous supply of free Starlink terminals to fighters and military logistical technicians in Ukraine is both praiseworthy and a clear example as to how emergency supply of equipment can be managed. But making Starlink work for a global audience is a different – and major – problem, […]

June 15, 2022

Musk: “Starlink IPO in 3-4 years”

Elon Musk says that he is unlikely to take his Starlink broadband-by-satellite system into public ownership for another three to four years. Musk emphasised, as he has previously, that the Starlink business needs to be “in a smooth sailing situation” with “good predictability” before it goes public. “I’m not sure exactly when that [IPO] is, […]

June 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

France opens up to Starlink

The Starlink broadband network has regained permission to operate in France following a public consultation in the country, with telecoms regulator Arcep granting a 10-year licence to operate. There have been a number of highly-vociferous objectors to the Elon Musk-owned service being allowed to operate in France. Arcep had previously approved in February 2021 Starlink’s […]

June 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

Musk outlines Starlink 2.0

Elon Musk has confirmed that SpaceX has built the first Starlink 2.0 satellite, which will be much larger and more powerful than the original versions. However, Musk’s Starship mega-rocket is the only way SpaceX will be able to get volume production of Starlink 2.0 into their orbits. The new satellite design is 22 feet (7 […]

June 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

Can Musk deliver connectivity for cars?

Cars – at least in some markets – are already extremely well connected, whether from pay-radio services such as SiriusXM or cellular telephony which hooks up via Bluetooth to the vehicle’s audio system or delivering map-based information. Northern Sky Research (NSR), in a comprehensive study, recognises the huge improvements made in vehicles which have become […]

May 30, 2022

Starlink tops 400k subs

SpaceX has told the FCC that its Starlink broadband satellite system has more than 400,000 subscribers around the world. This is a significant increase on its position at the end of March when the subscriber number was around 250,000 and at the start of the year its – then mostly Beta users – totalled about […]

May 26, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink uses Germany to file for new satellites

SpaceX’s Starlink broadband system has used Germany’s BNetZA (Bundesnetzagentur), the country’s Federal regulatory office for telecommunications, for a number of new satellite filings. The filings were made on behalf of Starlink’s German subsidiary. The German regulatory office will handle the applications with the International Telecommunications Union. The filings cover a total of 6,184 satellites working […]

May 24, 2022By Chris Forrester