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SpaceX plans Starlink phone service, emergency backup, and low-income access

SpaceX plans Starlink phone service, emergency backup, and low-income access

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Enlarge / A stack of 60 Starlink satellites launched in 2019. A new SpaceX filing outlines plans for Starlink to offer phone service, emergency backup for voice calls, and cheaper plans for people with low incomes through the government's Lifeline program. The details are in Starlink's petition to the Federal Communications Commission for designation as…
Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

Russia may fine citizens who use SpaceX’s Starlink Internet service

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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches five dozen Starlink satellites on August 18, 2020. SpaceX Russia's legislative body, the State Duma, is considering fines for individuals and companies in the country that use Western-based satellite Internet services. The proposed law seeks to prevent accessing the Internet by means of SpaceX's Starlink service, OneWeb, or…
Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal

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Enlarge / Ken Keiter gets ready to tear apart the SpaceX Starlink user terminal, "Dishy McFlatface." Engineer Ken Keiter recently came into possession of one SpaceX Starlink user terminal, the satellite dish that SpaceX nicknamed "Dishy McFlatface." But instead of plugging it in and getting Internet access from SpaceX's low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, Keiter…
SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights

SpaceX Starlink engineers take questions in Reddit AMA—here are highlights

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Enlarge / Starlink logo imposed on stylized image of the Earth. SpaceX Starlink engineers answered questions in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Saturday, covering topics such as data caps (which they hope to never implement), when the public beta will expand to more users, and how the satellite-broadband service will expand and change…
OneWeb exits bankruptcy and is ready to launch more broadband satellites

OneWeb exits bankruptcy and is ready to launch more broadband satellites

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Enlarge / Illustration of a OneWeb satellite. OneWeb has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new ownership and says it will begin launching more broadband satellites next month. Similar to SpaceX Starlink, OneWeb is building a network of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites that can provide high-speed broadband with much lower latencies than traditional geostationary satellites. After…
Remote tribe says SpaceX Starlink “catapulted” them into 21st century

Remote tribe says SpaceX Starlink “catapulted” them into 21st century

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Enlarge / Melvinjohn Ashue, vice chairman of the Hoh Tribe, discusses the tribe's use of Starlink broadband. A remote tribe in Washington state is one of the first users of SpaceX's Starlink broadband, having been connected recently after years of struggling to get modern Internet service. "We're very remote," said Melvinjohn Ashue, vice chairman of the…
SpaceX has launched enough satellites for Starlink’s upcoming public beta

SpaceX has launched enough satellites for Starlink’s upcoming public beta

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Enlarge / 60 Starlink satellites stacked for launch at SpaceX facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX's Starlink broadband has been available in a limited beta for the past few months, and SpaceX has now launched enough satellites for a public beta that will be available to more customers. However, the newly launched satellites aren't in…
SpaceX to try again to launch its 12th operational Starlink mission [Updated]

SpaceX to try again to launch its 12th operational Starlink mission...

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Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches a Starlink mission in January 2020.SpaceX 8:25am ET Update on Oct. 1: This mission is back on the pad and ready for launch after a weather delay, and contending with a crowded range. SpaceX deferred to United Launch Alliance this week while that company made two attempts to…
SpaceX Starlink brings Internet to emergency responders in wildfire areas

SpaceX Starlink brings Internet to emergency responders in wildfire areas

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Enlarge / A Starlink user terminal and wildfire-devastated areas seen in images shared by Washington state's Emergency Management Division. SpaceX Starlink is providing Internet access to Washington state emergency responders in areas ravaged by wildfires. The group has deployed seven Starlink user terminals (i.e. satellite dishes) since it began using the service in early August,…
SpaceX targets another Starlink launch Thursday to continue record pace

SpaceX targets another Starlink launch Thursday to continue record pace

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Falcon 9 B1060 and 60 Starlink satellites standing on LC-39A in preparation for launch at 9:29an EDT on September 1, 2020. The booster will attempt to land on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship after separating from the 2nd stage. Trevor Mahlmann Close-up photograph of the titanium-tipped payload fairing. Trevor Mahlmann This will…

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