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Updated SpaceX schedule

A planned November 17th SpaceX launch of 52 Starlink satellites (Mission 2-4) from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California was scrubbed because of a glitch in a static test firing of the rocket’s booster. The launch of a Eutelsat (10B) will happen on November 21st (9.57pm Florida time). The cancelled Starlink launch would have […]

November 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

Ofcom licenses Starlink, Lightspeed

UK regulator Ofcom has already identified Elon Musk’s Starlink and Canadian operator Telesat for their innovative wireless and broadband services. Both Starlink and Telesat’s Lightspeed licences are being approved and extended. Additionally, Ofcom has issued its future plan to encourage and enable further innovation. Ofcom’s initiative includes a new strategy for supporting the space sector […]

November 10, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink launch success, but data-rates warnings

SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on Thursday night (October 27th, 9.14pm California time/1.14 am GMT, October 28th) from Vandenberg Space Force Base.  It was SpaceX’s 49th launch this year. The Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ floating barge about 9 minutes after launch. It was […]

October 28, 2022

Starlink RV antenna; preps latest launch

Starlink will start shipping its ‘Starlink for RVs’ flat high performance kit in December offering high-speed, low-latency internet on an as-needed basis in any destination where Starlink provides active coverage. Its active ‘high capacity’ coverage promise includes most of the US and Canada although about a quarter of the US from the Great Lakes down […]

October 27, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpaceX: Over 3,500 satellites in orbit

The October 20th launch of 54 Starlink broadband satellites takes the total number in orbit to more than 3,500 craft. It was mission 4-36 for SpaceX’s Starlink deployments. SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 booster rocket on the waiting floating barge, A Shortfall of Gravitas, some 650 km downrange for reuse in the future. The […]

October 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink seeks airline orders

Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband by satellite system is aggressively pursuing airline ‘direct-to-seat’ in-flight services. Starlink Aviation is promising connection speeds of up to 350 Mb/s (per aircraft) which it says is fast enough for video calls, online gaming and other high data rate activity. Starlink says it is offering connectivity to the world’s private jet […]

October 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink applies for India licence

Starlink has formally applied for a GMPCS (Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite) licence from India’s Department of Trade (DoT). The service was previously ordered to refund potential subscribers after offering pre-orders before holding a licence. Starlink, once licensed, will join OneWeb (backed by Bharti Airtel) and Reliance’s Jio satellite division (which is working with […]

October 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

54 more Starlinks ready for launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 54 Starlink satellites today, October 20th, from Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 10:50 am ET (14:50 pm UTC), and a backup opportunity is available on Friday, October 21st at 10:29 a.m. ET (14:29 UTC). The […]

October 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

Hurtigruten adds Starlink for passengers

Hurtigruten Expeditions, the Norwegian cruise operator,  has added SpaceX’s Starlink terminals and equipment to its fleet. Oslo-based Hurtigruten says it has been working with facilities company Speedcast since March to test and now integrate Starlink broadband connections. Hurtigruten specialises in Scandinavian and Arctic sailings, and says the fitting of equipment will wrap by the end […]

October 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Starlink operational in Japan

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced that Starlink has launched in Japan, making the country the first in Asia to deploy the broadband-by-satellite service. Starlink will, in particular, tap into potential demand from mountainous areas and remote islands suffering from spotty or hard-to-access internet service. The monthly service fee is 12,300 yen (€86.55) on top of […]

October 11, 2022By Chris Forrester