Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX has been working on providing internet connectivity via satellite for some time. The pilots started in some parts of the world and now it looks like this Google also wants a piece of the cake. The Mountain View-based tech giant has announced that it has signed a contract to supply SpaceX with computing and networking resources.
In a press release, Google said, “As part of this partnership, SpaceX will begin to locate itself Starlink Ground stations in the characteristics of the Google data center enable the secure, low-latency and reliable transmission of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites, which were previously brought into orbit at locations on the edge of the network via Google Cloud. ”
“By combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities, global businesses can get the secure, fast connectivity that today’s businesses expect,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX. “We are proud to be working with Google to provide this access to businesses, public sector organizations and many other global groups.”
SpaceX plans to connect the internet connection to customers’ devices via satellites. These satellites are connected to Google’s data centers. A report by CNBC goes on to explain that “Customers can run applications quickly using Google’s cloud services or send the information to the services of other companies that are geographically nearby, allowing for low latency so that only minimal delays occur. ” The data is returned to satellites through Google’s data centers and ultimately reaches the end users.
SpaceX recently announced that it has received over 5 lakh orders for its satellite internet service. In October 2020, SpaceX launched a beta program for its service, the price of which is $ 99 per month. Interested users will also have to pay $ 499 for the Starlink Kit, which has a user terminal and WiFi router that connects to the satellites.