SpaceX will throw 52 Starlink satellites the weekend of May 15. The normal batch of 60 is being changed as SpaceX has a few paid guest ships on board for launch. This will be launch 27 for Starlink and is due at 6:58 p.m. local time (22:58 GMT) from Kennedy Space Center. Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, has publicly stated that after about 28 launches, the company will have continued coverage globally.
Starlink also confirmed that it is now taking orders from customers in France. Spain is also targeted with Starlink having registered a Madrid-based operation with Spain National Securities Market Commission (CNMC).
Sources suggest that Elon muskThe offering satellite broadband service expects one million European users in Europe this year.
On a OneWeb note, Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank and satellite broadband provider OneWeb have announced an agreement to “mutual cooperation to promote OneWeb’s satellite communication services in the global and Japanese markets. SoftBank and OneWeb will promote satellite communications services by combining OneWeb and SoftBank services, including advanced communications and digital transformation platform services.. “
A joint statement added: “SoftBank and OneWeb will collaborate in market development for Japan and global markets, and jointly engage in technical and product development to improve their competitiveness in these markets. This collaboration includes obtaining regulatory approvals and setting up ground stations in Japan.. To provide internet connectivity around the world and to digitize and revolutionize analog industries, SoftBank aims to provide advanced seamless connectivity services and DX platform services using global connectivity solutions that integrate the services of OneWeb.. “
SoftBank is an investor in OneWeb with the UK government, Bharti Global of India, Hughes Network Systems and more recently Eutelsat.
Google cloud and SpaceX announced a new partnership to deliver data, cloud services and applications to customers at the edge of the network, leveraging Starlink’s ability to provide high-speed broadband Internet access worldwide and the infrastructure of Google Cloud.
As part of the partnership, SpaceX will begin locating Starlink ground stations in Google data center properties, enabling the secure, low latency, and reliable delivery of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched into orbit to date to locations at the edge of the network through Google. Cloud. Google Cloud’s high-capacity private network will support the delivery of Starlink’s global satellite Internet service, providing businesses and consumers with seamless cloud and Internet connectivity, and enabling the delivery of business-critical applications to virtually any location.
Organizations with a large footprint, such as public sector agencies, businesses with a presence at the edge of the network, or those operating in rural or remote areas, often need access to applications running in the cloud or to cloud services such as analytics, artificial intelligence or machine. learning. The connectivity of Starlink’s LEO satellite constellation enables these organizations to deliver data and applications to teams across countries and continents quickly and securely.
“Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they operate in a highly networked or remote environment.,” mentionned Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure at Google Cloud. “We’re excited to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have transparent, secure, and rapid access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams operational.. “
“The combination of Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global businesses with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer said Gwynne Shotwell. “We are proud to work with Google to provide this access to businesses, public sector organizations and many other groups operating around the world.“
This new capacity should be available in the second half of 2021.