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Starlink Internet Satellites from SpaceX will Connect to Google Cloud Systems

Starlink, SpaceX, Google Cloud | May 17, 2021

SpaceX intends to use Google Cloud to build the Starlink internet satellite constellation.

The two tech giants announced a partnership on Thursday (May 13) to offer data, cloud services, and applications to enterprise Starlink customers around the world beginning later in 2021. The deal's valuation was not revealed.

SpaceX building ground stations in the same locations as Google data centers and connecting Starlink satellites to the current Google Cloud infrastructure are two major implications for the growing constellation of 1,500 orbiting Starlinks. The first Starlink terminal will be built at Google's data center in New Albany, Ohio.

The partnership also intends to use new cloud services, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to decide which parts of a dataset should be sent to Earth; these computer services will minimize bandwidth requirements Customers that work in remote areas where Internet speed is often reduced are SpaceX's target market.

Google and SpaceX signed another big agreement in 2015 when Google announced a $900 million investment in SpaceX to promote further research in fields such as space transportation, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.

This was four years before the first Starlink launch in 2019, and before SpaceX had self-landing Falcon 9 rockets to cut launch costs.

Microsoft, one of Google's main rivals, has signed a cloud services agreement with SpaceX and SES in October 2020. The companies said at the time that the agreement will benefit Microsoft's Azure Space cloud business, which runs from mobile data centers that can be deployed anywhere in the world.

Cloud collaborations are not uncommon in the space business as companies strive to reduce the expense of transmitting information to more remote locations. Amazon Web Services and Iridium Communications, for example, provide an Internet of Things alliance focusing on connecting devices or objects (such as shipping containers) to broadband services for tracking or communications.

Though Starlink's goal is to bring broadband to traditionally underserved regions, astronomers are concerned about megaconstellations like it. The concern is that the bright satellites will compromise the scientific observations that include wide-field surveys, such as searching for potentially hazardous asteroids. SpaceX is examining methods for reducing the brightness of individual Starlinks.

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Nokia Oyj | February 21, 2022

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Oracle | April 05, 2022

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Exasol | February 04, 2022

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Qumulo | April 26, 2022

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