SpaceX’s Starlink Internet Satellites to Connect to Google Cloud Systems
SpaceX plans to develop its constellation of Starlink Internet satellites with the help of Google Cloud.
The two tech giants announced the collaboration Thursday, May 13 to deliver data, cloud services and applications for the Starlink enterprise customers all over the world, as of 2021. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.
The main implications for the growing constellation of 1,500 Starlinks in orbit include the construction of ground stations by SpaceX in the same locations as Google data centers and the connection of Starlink satellites to the existing Google Cloud infrastructure. SpaceX will install the first Starlink terminal at Google New Albany, Ohio data center, a spokesperson said The edge.
“The combination of Starlink’s low-latency, high-speed broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global businesses with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,” Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, said in the statement.
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The collaboration also plans to introduce emerging cloud services, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning – to make decisions about which parts of a data set to send to Earth; these IT departments could reduce bandwidth requirements. SpaceX’s target market for customers are those who work in rural areas where internet speeds are often diminished.
Google and SpaceX signed another major deal in 2015, when Google said it would spend $ 900 million on SpaceX “to support continued innovation in space transportation, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.” , according to SpaceNews. As a perspective, that was four years before the first Starlink launched in 2019, and before SpaceX had Falcon 9 auto-landing rockets working to reduce launch costs.
One of Google’s main competitors, Microsoft, also announced a deal with SpaceX and SES in October 2020 for cloud services. At the time, the companies declared that the pact support Microsoft’s Azure Space cloud business that operates from mobile data centers that can be deployed anywhere in the world.
Cloud partnerships are by no means unusual in the space industry, as companies seek to reduce the cost of delivering information to increasingly remote areas. Amazon Web Services and Iridium Communications, for example, have a collaboration focused on Internet of things to connect devices or objects (such as shipping containers) to broadband services for tracking or communications.
While Starlink aims to provide broadband in traditionally underserved areas, astronomers are sound the alarm on mega-stellations I like this. The concern is that the bright satellites could cause problems for scientific observations requiring wide-field studies, such as hunting down potentially dangerous asteroids. SpaceX is experiment with methods to reduce the brightness of individual Starlinks.
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