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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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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RUAG Space: New powerful computer for satellites

The new RUAG Space Lynx computer for satellites and spacecrafts is 250 times more powerful than regular On Board Computers.

RUAG Space, a leading supplier to the space industry, has developed a new powerful computer for satellites called “Lynx”. The development has been done at RUAG Space in Gothenburg, Sweden. “Our computer contains an extreme amount of power”, explains Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space. Lynx is 250 times more powerful than the normal On Board Computers, which RUAG currently delivers to programs of the European Space Agency.

Computing power for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space: “We have a computer ready that perfectly matches the requirements for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in space development programs.”

“We have been very early with this development. This year, we are seeing that Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is starting to

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Evolving Non-Credit Programming in the Community College Space

No matter what education path someone takes, work-based and experiential learning will always hold high value—something that community colleges need to incorporate into their program models. 

Community colleges are there to serve their community and get its members back into the workforce as soon as possible. Non-credit programming, although not usually seen in community colleges, has the ability to accelerate this process by getting students the right credentials for a specific job. Community colleges need to look to their learners who may not see themselves as “college material” and help them see the potential in these programs. In this interview, Tracy Hartzler and Erica Barreiro discuss the challenges of growing enrollments in non-credit, how colleges can scale these programs and tying non-credit into the lifelong learning model. 

The EvoLLLution (Evo): What are some of the biggest roadblocks that tend to stand in the way of enrollment growth in non-credit, non-degree

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Australia’s critical infrastructure definition to span communications, data storage, space

The federal government on Monday published an exposure draft on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. It seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement “an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure”.

The Australian government’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy currently defines critical infrastructure as: “Those physical facilities, supply chains, information technologies, and communication networks, which if destroyed, degraded, or rendered unavailable for an extended period, would significantly impact the social or economic wellbeing of the nation, or affect Australia’s ability to conduct national defence and ensure national security”.

Within the broad definition of critical infrastructure, the Act currently places regulatory obligations on specific entities in the electricity, gas, water, and maritime ports sectors.

“However, as the security landscape evolves, so must our approach to managing risk across all critical infrastructure sectors,” the Bill’s explanatory document [PDF] said. 

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Elon Musk’s space internet is much faster than people expected

Elon Musk has said SpaceX’s Starlink internet service will roll out to Europe early next year after beta testers in the US reported download speeds far higher than expected.



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There are currently more than 800 Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit beaming broadband down to Earth, with plans for tens of thousands more to launch over the next few years.

Starlink says it satellite constellation will eventually be able to provide high-speed internet to 99 per cent of the inhabited world, however its relatively limited scope at present restricts reception and speeds..

The public beta launched last month for a limited number of users in northerly parts of the US and southern Canada, and invitations continue to be sent out.

“Several thousand more Starlink beta participation invitations going out this week,” Mr Musk tweeted on Monday.

In an email sent to early testers last week, SpaceX

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SpaceX’s Starlink: Beta tester reveals more about Elon Musk’s internet from space service

An early Starlink public beta tester has shared his experience of taking his new UFO-on-a-stick terminal dish to a remote area to find out whether the satellite service lives up to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s claims. 

Reddit user Wandering-coder shared his account and a series of photos of Starlink in action with a 300W battery power supply while in remote national forest this week. 

Wandering-coder told Ars Technica that the national forest was in Idaho, where he was getting 120Mbps download speeds in a location that Google Fi’s T-Mobile- and US Cellular-based service doesn’t reach. 

“Works beautifully,” wrote Wondering-coder. “I did a real-time video call and some tests. My power supply is max 300W, and the drain for the whole system while active was around 116W.”

Wandering-coder’s forest experiments test Musk’s statements in July about how easy the end-user terminal dishes are to install and the conditions they needed –

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Flipkart Acquires Mech Mocha To Set Foot In the Gaming Space

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E-commerce operator Flipkart said on Tuesday it has strengthened its gaming strategy through the acquisition of intellectual property (IP) from Mech Mocha that runs live-social gaming platform ‘Hello Play’. The gaming team will join Flipkart as the company continues to focus on developing new and innovative formats to engage with its users on the platform. 

Social mobile gaming is seeing massive growth and adoption in India, as socially distanced consumers are looking for ways to connect with friends and family over fun casual games.

“With ‘Vocal for Local’ being the focus for digital apps across the nation, this strategic backing of Flipkart provides us an opportunity to be part of a larger

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What $99 internet from space means for Americans



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A stack of SpaceX Starlink satellites awaits deployment in low-earth orbit.

SpaceX’s novel broadband network in space has begun to demonstrate its chops for military pilots and firefighters. Now individual consumers will get their first crack at testing the service. According to leaks from testers, the price is $99 a month, plus a $499 on-boarding fee, presumably covering the cost of the satellite antennae users will need.

Billed as a “better than nothing Beta,” users are warned that their connections may occasionally fail. It’s hard not to see this as a last-minute attempt to fulfill Musk’s promise that service would begin this year. Still, if fulfills its promise of “50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms,” it would provide faster data transfers, albeit at higher latency, than your humble correspondent’s Comcast connection in Oakland, California.

Starlink would also cost more than my internet—but not

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Elon Musk’s space internet will be slower and more expensive than expected, beta test email says





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Starlink, the satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has moved into public beta.

The technology uses a cluster of satellites, in orbit around the Earth, to deliver internet connections to users.

In an apparent email sent to beta testers, shared on Reddit, the “Better Than Nothing Beta” is an attempt to “lower [the] initial expectations” of prospective users.

“Expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms over the next several months”, the email reads.

“There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all”.

“As we launch more satellites, install more ground stations and improve our networking software, data speed, latency and uptime will improve dramatically

“For latency, we expect to achieve 16ms to 19ms by summer 2021”.

Issues of internet speed have dogged Starlink for months. In August 2020, Starlink tests conducted by Ookla

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