SpaceX is paying billions to build its Starlink space internet terminals, report suggests





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SpaceX is reportedly outsourcing a key component of its Starlink satellite-internet business at a cost of billions of dollars.

STMicroelectronics, a Swiss manufacturing giant, will be paid $2.4 billion to build one million Starlink user terminals, according to Business Insider.

The terminal, which CEO Elon Musk has previously referred to as a “UFO on a stick” contains a phased-array antenna, which allows it to communicate with Starlink’s satellites.

In a beta test, SpaceX is charging $100 a month for internet service and $500 for a starter kit that includes a tripod, a wireless router, and a user terminal – and new information suggests that SpaceX may be paying $2,000 on each terminal.

“The production agreement specifies 1 million terminals at a price of roughly $2,400 each,” the source, who apparently has knowledge of the contract between STMicroelectronics and SpaceX, told Business Insider.

“The original timeline

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Can you guess the next country to get Starlink internet service?



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  • SpaceX gained regulatory approval to offer its high-speed internet service, Starlink, in Canada.
  • The company hopes to provide high-speed data service to individuals in areas where it just hasn’t been available before.
  • In the United States and Canada, rural customers are often left with few or no options for high-speed internet service.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite-based internet service aims to provide high-speed data to places where it just wasn’t available previously, and the company just took a big step toward that goal. The company has reportedly gained regulatory approval from Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development Ministry. With that red tape out of the way, the company is free to offer its service in the country when it’s ready.

Starlink has gained a lot of attention in the United States as a potential alternative to high-priced cable internet providers, but its aim, at least at

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SpaceX is outsourcing Starlink satellite dish production, insider says

  • SpaceX recently launched a public beta test for Starlink, its growing network of internet-beaming satellites.
  • Test subscribers pay $99 per month for broadband-like service, plus a $499 fee for a starter kit that includes a “UFO on a stick” user terminal, or satellite dish.
  • But each user terminal contains a phased-array antenna, which industry experts say can’t be made for less than $1,000.
  • SpaceX hired STMicroelectronics to manufacture Starlink user terminals, a person with knowledge of the agreement told Business Insider.
  • A teardown video posted to YouTube on Wednesday appears to corroborate the claim, as it shows STM-branded components.
  • The contract with the Swiss-headquartered manufacturing giant calls for the production of 1 million terminals and may be worth billions of dollars, the person said.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

SpaceX is outsourcing a key element of its Starlink satellite-internet network with a manufacturing deal worth billions of dollars,

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SpaceX just launched a Falcon 9 rocket for the 100th time, delivering 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit



Elon Musk et al. around each other: SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Joe Raedle/Getty Images


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  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on Tuesday night, marking the rocket’s seventh successful launch.
  • The launch was also SpaceX’s 16th Starlink mission, its 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket, and its 23rd flight in 2020 — the most flights it has ever achieved in one year.
  • SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:13 p.m. on Tuesday. The booster then returned to Earth and landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship.
  • Elon Musk’s space company now has at least 830 Starlink satellites in orbit. It plans to surround the Earth with up to 42,000 satellites beaming down high-speed internet.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

SpaceX successfully launched one of its Falcon 9 rockets on Tuesday night for

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SpaceX Starlink internet from space: New 60-satellite launch brings expanded beta closer

After delaying the 16th Starlink mission on Sunday, SpaceX has now launched its Falcon 9 rocket to bring its Starlink satellite count to 955. 

Deploying its payload of 60 satellites into orbit is the seventh mission for the Falcon 9’s first-stage rocket booster, which landed successfully back on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ droneship in the Atlantic. The rocket launched from the Space Launch Complex 40, or SLC-40, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:13pm EST. 

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Per Space.com, this launch puts SpaceX within about eight more Starlink missions before it completes the first phase of its constellation of 1,440 satellites. 

These satellites orbit Earth at an altitude of 550km (340 miles). SpaceX is targeting “near global coverage” by next year. The second phase of satellites will orbit at over 1,000km (621 miles). 

SpaceX last month rolled out

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SpaceX uses booster seventh time on Starlink launch

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) — SpaceX launched one of its Falcon 9 first-stage boosters for a record seventh time Tuesday night as the company launched more of its Starlink satellites from Florida.

The 16th batch of 60 satellites headed toward orbit at 9:13 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The launch marks the 100th such mission for a Falcon 9 rocket, and boosts the number of Starlink satellites in orbit to more than 900.

A risk of rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean, where Elon Musk’s company wants to land the booster on a droneship, prevented the launch on Monday night. Rough seas remained a risk on Tuesday night, according to a U.S. Space Force forecast, but the launch took place as planned.

The rocket booster for the mission flew on four other Starlink launches, most recently in August, and two missions for

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites in 100th Falcon 9 launch

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A time exposure captures the fiery trajectory of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket climbing away from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink internet relay satellites. It was the company’s 23rd launch so far this year, the 100th for the workhorse Falcon 9 since the rocket’s debut in 2010 and a record seventh flight for the booster’s first stage.

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SpaceX fired off a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Tuesday night, marking the company’s 100th overall and 23rd so far this year. The rocket boosted off another set of 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit using a first stage making a record seventh flight.

The latest batch of Starlinks pushed the total number launched to date to 955 as SpaceX continues building out a globe-spanning constellation of internet relay satellites designed to provide broadband services to subscribers anywhere on the planet. Thousands more satellites are

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SpaceX launching 60 Starlink internet satellites

SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit on a used Falcon 9 rocket Tuesday night (Nov. 24) and you can watch it live online here, courtesy of SpaceX. Liftoff is set for 9:13 p.m. EST (0213 Nov. 25 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 



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Originally scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 22), the launch was scrubbed 30 minutes before liftoff to allow time for additional system checks. A backup launch window on Monday was again delayed to Tuesday due to bad weather. 

The Falcon 9 rocket on this flight is making its seventh flight to space in a milestone for SpaceX’s reusability effort. It launched the

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SpaceX Starlink engineers explain outages, hiring for ‘hot jobs’

  • Engineers working on SpaceX’s Starlink listed a number of “hot jobs” that SpaceX are looking to fill during a Q&A session with the Reddit’s Starlink community on Saturday.
  • SpaceX is hiring numerous roles in design and engineering, they said, and gave out an email for people to send resumes. 
  • They also promised improvements to Starlink, which is already giving users speeds of more than 160 Megabits per second. 
  • For example, they were working on reducing outages caused by obstructing branches or poles near Starlink terminals on the ground, they said.
  • The SpaceX engineers also said that reducing production costs — and therefore the cost of Starlink for users — was “going well but this is no doubt one of the hardest challenges we’re tackling.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Engineers at Elon Musk’s SpaceX laid out Saturday how they plan to improve the aerospace company’s Starlink satellite-internet service

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SpaceX delays launch of 60 Starlink internet satellites

UPDATE for 9:39 pm ET: SpaceX has scrubbed tonight’s launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites due to the need for “additional mission assurance.” A new launch date will be provided once available.



An artist's illustration of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites in orbit. The company has won a U.S. military contract for missile-warning satellites.


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An artist’s illustration of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites in orbit. The company has won a U.S. military contract for missile-warning satellites.

SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit on a used Falcon 9 rocket tonight (Nov. 22) and you can watch it live online here, courtesy of SpaceX. Liftoff is set for 9:56 p.m. EST (0256 Nov. 23 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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The Falcon 9 rocket on this flight is making its seventh flight to space in a milestone for SpaceX’s reusability effort. It launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite in September 2018,

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