Microsoft connects Azure cloud to SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet

Microsoft is partnering with SpaceX to connect the tech giant’s Azure cloud computing network to the growing Starlink satellite internet service offered by Elon Musk’s company, the companies announced Tuesday.

Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious plan to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, designed to deliver high-speed internet to anywhere on the planet.

“The collaboration that we’re announcing today will allow us to work together to deliver new offerings for both the public and the private sector to deliver connectivity through Starlink for use on Azure,” SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said in a video. “Where it makes sense, we will work with [Microsoft]: co-selling to our mutual customers, co-selling to new enterprise and future customers.”

To date, SpaceX has launched over 800 Starlink satellites – a fraction of the total needed for global coverage but enough to begin providing services in some regions, including in the

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Elon Musk’s Starlink space internet attached to Microsoft system in breakthrough that could power computers all over the world



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Microsoft has launched its cloud computing capabilities, Azure, into space by partnering with Elon Musk.

The company developed Azure Space so that it might be used to simulate space missions, or analyse satellite data.

Microsoft is teaming up with SpaceX Starlink, the endeavor to create a network of satellites in low-Earth orbit that could send broadband signals to almost everywhere on Earth.

It says that as well as the space industry, the fields of agriculture, energy, telecommunications, and government will also benefit from the project.

“Our global network of over 160,000 miles of subsea, terrestrial, and metro optical fiber helps billions of people connect all around the world.  However, many of our customers also operate in remote, rugged environments and find it hard to keep pace with their increased need for access to data and bandwidth”, wrote Tom Keane, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Azure

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SpaceX’s Starlink to Supply Satellite Internet to Microsoft’s ‘Modular’ Data Centers

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As SpaceX prepares to supply satellite broadband to consumers, the company is also looking to apply the same technology to Microsoft’s remote data centers. 

On Tuesday, the two companies announced that SpaceX’s Starlink system will provide satellite internet to Microsoft’s Azure modular data centers, which can operate in areas far away from ground-based fiber internet cables. 

In a video, SpaceX Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said the two companies will be “co-selling” the Starlink connectivity to enterprise customers. “So Starlink brings point-to-point communication from anywhere on Earth,” she added. “So leveraging that along with Azure I think is really an incredibly robust capability for our customers.”

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The modular data centers are targeting both the public and private sector. For example, the units can be deployed as “mobile command centers” for missions involving defense, humanitarian efforts, and mineral exploration, Microsoft said.

“The unit can operate in a

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Microsoft partners with SpaceX to connect Azure cloud to Musk’s Starlink satellite internet

  • Microsoft is partnering with SpaceX to connect the Azure cloud computing network to the growing Starlink satellite internet service offered by Elon Musk’s company.
  • The partnership comes as Microsoft expands into the space industry, with the company a few weeks ago unveiling a new service called Azure Orbital to connect satellites directly to the cloud.
  • Azure Space and the new partnership sets up Microsoft and SpaceX to compete further with Jeff Bezos’ businesses Amazon and Blue Origin, which have announced plans for similar satellite services and more.



Gwynne Shotwell et al. standing in front of a television: Tom Keane (left), Microsoft corporate vice president of Azure Global, and Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer.


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Tom Keane (left), Microsoft corporate vice president of Azure Global, and Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer.

Microsoft is partnering with SpaceX to connect the tech giant’s Azure cloud computing network to the growing Starlink satellite internet service offered by Elon Musk’s company, the companies announced Tuesday.

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Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious plan to build an

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX: 60 more Starlink internet satellites launch ahead of public beta

SpaceX on Sunday launched another Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 more Starlink satellites to be deployed in low Earth orbit. 

The latest Falcon 9 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida comes just two weeks after the last batch of 60 Starlink satellites and now brings SpaceX’s Starlink constellation to 788 as the company gears up for a public beta of the satellite broadband service. It was the 13th Starlink launch.  

“As our Starlink network is still in its early stages, the Starlink team continues to test the system, collecting latency data and performing speed tests of the service,” SpaceX said in a statement.  

SpaceX notes that the team also recently installed Starlink terminals on the Administrative Center building and at 20 private homes on the Hoh Tribe Reservation, located in a remote area of western Washington State.

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SpaceX launches another batch of Starlink satellites, more to come Wednesday

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SpaceX shared this scenic view of a Falcon 9 being readied for launch earlier this year.


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After “Scrubtember” and then “Scrubtober” played havoc with the SpaceX launch schedule, Elon Musk’s rocket company is hustling to get more of its Starlink broadband satellites into orbit. The company’s 14th batch of orbiting routers was sent aloft from Cape Canaveral in Florida Sunday morning, and another set of 60 or so satellites is scheduled to launch from Florida on Wednesday, according to airspace closures.

Sunday’s launch came courtesy of a tower of flames out the end of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage that was making the sixth flight of its career. It successfully landed on a droneship in the Atlantic to possibly fly another day. Both halves of the rocket’s nose cone were also caught by ships equipped with huge nets, although one seemed to at least partially break through the

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SpaceX just launched 60 new Starlink internet satellites and nailed rocket landing at sea

 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched a full stack of Starlink internet satellites into today (Oct. 18) and capped off the mission with a successful rocket landing at sea. 



a close up of a light: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from Launch Complex 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Oct. 18, 2020.


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 Starlink internet satellites into orbit from Launch Complex 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Oct. 18, 2020.

A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from NASA’s historic Pad 39A here at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 8:25 a.m. EDT (1225 GMT) carrying 60 new Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s growing constellation in orbit.

Approximately 9 minutes later, the booster’s first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean in a smooth touchdown. The massive ship, called Of Course I Still Love You, is one of two in the company’s fleet of recovery vessels that catch falling boosters and

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SpaceX launches 14th batch of Starlink internet satellites in fast-growing fleet

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fired 60 more Starlink internet relay satellites into orbit Sunday from the Kennedy Space Center with another set awaiting launch Wednesday from the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

With Sunday’s flight, SpaceX has now launched 835 Starlinks in a rapidly-expanding global network that eventually will feature thousands of commercial broadband beacons delivering high-speed internet to any point on Earth. To reach that goal, the company plans to launch at least 120 new Starlinks every month.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center early Sundayt carrying another 60 Starlink internet satellites to orbit.

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The latest Starlink mission, SpaceX’s 14th, got underway at 8:26 a.m. EDT when the Falcon 9’s nine first stage engines ignited with a burst of flame, pushing the slender rocket away from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center atop

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SpaceX plans Starlink broadband satellite launch Sunday morning

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) — SpaceX plans to launch its 14th group of about 60 satellites from Florida on Sunday morning for the company’s Starlink broadband network, which is approaching a full-scale public trial period.

Liftoff is scheduled for 8:25 a.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.

The launch would boost the number of satellites in orbit to nearly 800.

After the previous Starlink launch Oct. 6, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch would soon allow it to “roll out a fairly wide public” test in the northern United States and “hopefully” in southern Canada.

“Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval,” Musk wrote.

The company said emergency responders in northern Washington State had used the Starlink service in wildfire-stricken areas.

“The way emergency responders deployed Starlink in this context is representative of how

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Elon Musk: Yes, SpaceX’s Starlink internet will even work on high-speed transportation

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has confirmed one more scenario where Starlink could be used to deliver its satellite broadband other than homes: on high-speed trains across the globe.

Sweden-based data scientist Anton Kanerva asked Musk via Twitter whether Starlink satellite dishes could be fitted to high-speed trains to deliver reliable broadband in remote areas. 

It’s a relevant question for Sweden, which has train connections between most major cities but vast tracts between them where mobile coverage is spotty. Indeed, it’s a relevant question for many of Europe’s intercity rail networks and rail networks across North America. 

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“Will Starlink dishes be deployable on high-speed moving objects like trains?” Kanerva asked Musk on Twitter. “It would be incredible if trains moving through the middle of nowhere finally could have stable high-speed internet connections.”

Starlink for rail networks would be no problem, according to Musk. “Yes.

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