An alternative to Starlink: EU plans to create its own competitive IRIS² system

The EU wants to limit the dominance of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite communications, fearing the need to rely on the US company SpaceX in the event of a national security crisis, reports Politico. With this in mind, the bloc plans to sign billion-dollar contracts for the construction and operation of ... Read more

Satellite Internet from Starlink to appear on John Deere agricultural machinery

John Deere will use Starlink satellites to connect its smart equipment to the satellite Internet. The parties signed an agreement, writes The Wall Street Journal. The world’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturer will be able to connect tractors, sprayers, and other equipment to the Internet in areas where there is no ... Read more

Direct to Cell: SpaceX and T-Mobile test service using Starlink satellites

SpaceX has begun testing the Direct to Cell service, which will make Starlink satellite communications available on ordinary smartphones, writes Engadget. The company sent and received the first text messages using the Starlink satellites it recently launched into orbit. As part of the experiment, SpaceX collaborated with T-Mobile. “On Monday, ... Read more

SpaceX launches Starlink satellites that will provide Direct to Cell service

A Falcon 9 rocket launched 21 Starlink satellites into orbit. Six of them are capable of providing the Direct to Cell service. This is stated in SpaceX’s announcement on the X platform. According to Elon Musk, the service will allow provide communication anywhere on Earth. But he also noted that ... Read more

SpaceX receives US permission to test Direct to Cell service for six months

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX company permission to test the Direct to Cell service, reports Bloomberg. Thus, the commission approved the company’s request for six months of testing, which will involve about 2,000 test devices and 840 satellites. As you know, in the fall, ... Read more

SpaceX presented the updated Starlink

SpaceX has introduced a new standard Starlink terminal, which is simpler and thinner and no longer has a motor to adjust, instead it will have a stand and users will just have to move it to orient the device. According to The Verge, the new terminal is available only to ... Read more

Elon Musk assures that Starlink has finally broken even

Starlink, owned by SpaceX, has reached breakeven. This information was made public by the company’s CEO Elon Musk, writes Reuters. The billionaire attributes this result to “the excellent work of a great team.” In his post on the X platform, he also said that Starlink accounts for the largest share ... Read more

SpaceX has submitted a mysterious application to the ITU for the use of almost 30 thousand satellites

SpaceX has submitted a mysterious application to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the use of 29,988 satellites, reports PCMag. ITU is a global regulator that oversees the allocation of radio frequencies for satellite providers. Therefore, SpaceX’s application may be an attempt by the company to expand the radio frequency ... Read more

SpaceX receives US Space Force contract for Starshield satellite communications

SpaceX has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force under which the company will provide satellite communications to the military as part of the Starshield program. The contract is worth $70 million, reports Engadget with reference to Bloomberg. It is expected that Elon Musk’s company will provide services ... Read more

US Senate Committee investigates Elon Musk’s decision not to activate Starlink near Crimea

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating national security issues over Elon Musk’s decision not to activate the Starlink satellite network to support the Ukrainian attack on the Russian fleet off the coast of Crimea, reports Bloomberg. Committee chairman Jack Reed said that reports on the use of Starlink ... Read more

Starlink received $1.4 billion in revenue in 2022, but this is significantly lower than forecasts

Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite communications network Starlink generated $1.4 billion in revenue in 2022. This is evidenced by documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, writes The Verge. The result is significantly higher than the financial indicator for 2021, which was $222 million. However, last year’s revenue was ultimately much ... Read more

Elon Musk voiced a new version of why Starlink did not work near Crimea

Elon Musk voiced a new version of the events surrounding the absence of the Starlink satellite communications network in Crimea, which resulted in the disruption of Ukraine’s attack on the Russian fleet. He shared it during the All-In Summit technology conference. According to the billionaire, Starlink in the Crimea region ... Read more

The US wants to investigate Elon Musk and SpaceX over the Starlink scandal in Ukraine

In the United States, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren calls for an investigation of SpaceX after Elon Musk admits that he blocked the expansion of the Starlink satellite network for Ukraine’s attack on the Russian fleet off Crimea, writes Bloomberg. “The Congress needs to investigate what’s happened here and whether we ... Read more

Elon Musk says that last year he refused to allow Ukraine to activate Starlink near Crimea in case of emergency

Elon Musk denies shutting down the Starlink satellite communications network near the Crimean coast in 2022. But he claims that he refused to activate the connection at Ukraine’s request. The billionaire wrote about this on the X platform. This is how he commented on the information that last year he ... Read more

Elon Musk thwarts Ukraine’s attack on Russian fleet in Crimea – CNN

Last year, Elon Musk secretly ordered his engineers to shut down the Starlink satellite communications network off the coast of Crimea to thwart a Ukrainian attack on the Russian navy. This is stated in an excerpt from a new biography of the billionaire, writes CNN. The author of the book ... Read more

Elon Musk admits to the Pentagon that he spoke directly with Putin

Elon Musk told Pentagon officials that he had personally spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to an investigation by The New Yorker. The billionaire made this statement to representatives of the US military during a telephone conversation about the satellite Internet that SpaceX ... Read more

Because of Elon Musk’s sympathies, SpaceX blocked Starlink for the Ukrainian military

Elon Musk’s SpaceX deliberately blocked the operation of the Starlink satellite Internet, which manifested itself on the battlefield in Ukraine in 2012, writes The New Yorker. The billionaire joined the effort to help Ukraine shortly after Russia’s invasion last February. At that time, along with conventional offensive actions, the Kremlin ... Read more

This year, China will begin building its own constellation of satellites to compete with Starlink

China’s military-industrial complex is set to begin building its first constellation of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites in a bid to catch up with SpaceX’s Starlink, reports Reuters. The creation of a group of Chinese low-orbit satellites is entrusted to the state-owned company China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation Limited (CASIC), ... Read more

Starlink offers to try the global roaming service for $200/month

The SpaceX company e-mails offers to those who wish to try the global roaming service in countries where there is no full support for Starlink work yet. At the same time, it warns that sometimes there may be no connection at all. “Global Roaming makes use of Starlink’s inter-satellite links ... Read more

Coverage of 96.7% of the route: the Ministry of Digital Transformation and Ukrzaliznytsia tested Starlink in Intercity+ (video)

During 2023, satellite Internet from Starlink will appear in all Intercity+ trains. This was stated by the chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia board Oleksandr Kamyshin, reports the Ministry of Digital Transformation. Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov and Oleksandr Kamyshin personally tested how the Internet works in Intercity. During the journey along ... Read more

SpaceX launched the first 54 Starlink v2.0 satellites into orbit

On December 28, 2022, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle launched into low Earth orbit the first 54 Starlink satellites of the new generation, so-called v2.0 or Gen2. The launch took place at 11:34 Kyiv time from the SLC-40 launch pad of the US Air Force Base at Cape Canaveral. ... Read more

Ukraine will receive more than 10,000 Starlink terminals from SpaceX, Minister Fedorov said

Ukraine agreed with Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation to receive thousands of additional Starlink terminals to counter Russian attacks aimed at destroying energy infrastructure. More than 10,000 Starlink devices that provide satellite Internet will be sent to Ukraine in the coming months, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of ... Read more

From one pocket to another: SpaceX purchased a large Twitter advertising campaign for Starlink

Elon Musk’s SpaceX ordered one of the largest advertising packages available on Twitter, the social network he recently acquired for $44 billion and in which he currently serves as CEO. The campaign will promote Twitter’s Starlink satellite internet service in Spain and Australia, according to the social network’s internal documents, ... Read more

Poland transferred 1,570 additional Starlink terminals to Ukraine

Ukraine received another 1,570 additional Starlink terminals from Poland. This was reported on Telegram by the Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov. Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, Ukraine has received more than 20,000 Starlink terminals from governments of various countries and private individuals, 5 thousand of them with ... Read more

Elon Musk says that Starlink will continue to work in Ukraine, even if the Pentagon does not want to pay for it

The operation of Starlink satellite Internet in Ukraine is not threatened, at least that is what Elon Musk promises in a new message on Twitter. Even earlier, the richest businessman in the world declared that will continue to fund Starlink for the government of Ukraine. This comes after CNN published ... Read more