Tag: Spacex

  • SpaceX Will Bring Down 100 Older Starlink Satellites To Lower Likelihood of ‘Failure’

    SpaceX Will Bring Down 100 Older Starlink Satellites To Lower Likelihood of ‘Failure’

    In the coming weeks and months, SpaceX will de-orbit 100 older Starlink internet satellites. The Elon Musk-owned company detailed the plans citing “space sustainability,” but said its Starlink team also “identified a common issue in this small population of satellites that could increase the probability of failure in the future.” The operation is set to…

  • Starlink Retires Its Standard Dish, Launches Fourth-Generation Model in The U.S.

    Starlink Retires Its Standard Dish, Launches Fourth-Generation Model in The U.S.

    SpaceX has retired its Standard Actuated dish as the newest model, the V4, is now available to all U.S. households. The company’s website shows the next generation V4 model as “immediately available” and priced at $599 for the hardware. It comes with a Gen 3 router with Wi-Fi 6 to boost wireless coverage. The dish…

  • Starlink Taps Peplink To Be Its First ‘Authorized Technology Provider’

    Starlink Taps Peplink To Be Its First ‘Authorized Technology Provider’

    SpaceX’s Starlink struck a deal with Peplink to become the satellite internet service’s first “Authorized Technology Provider,” according to a release from the network gear manufacturer. The partnership will combine Starlink’s Flat High-Performance Terminal — recommended for businesses, boats, land mobility, and maritime uses — with Peplink’s SD-WAN (or Software-Defined Wide Area Networking) routers. These…

  • SpaceX’s Portable Mini Starlink Dish Will Release This Year

    SpaceX’s Portable Mini Starlink Dish Will Release This Year

    Starlink’s new mini dish is set to hit the market by the end of this year. “We’ll be introducing the Starlink Mini later this year, which can fit in a backpack,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a speech to employees on Friday. This comes after Starlink gained approval from the Federal Communications Commission for…

  • T-Mobile & SpaceX Launch The First Satellites To Offer Cellphone Calls From Space

    T-Mobile might soon make its first phone call from space. SpaceX has asked the Federal Communications Commission for 60 days of “Special Temporary Authority” to launch and test the company’s Gen2 satellites’ ability to connect a regular cellphone call. Now last night SpaceX launched the first satellites for its joint venture to allow T-Mobile customers…

  • Starlink Might Soon Offer Discounted Internet Options

    Starlink Might Soon Offer Discounted Internet Options

    SpaceX’s satellite internet company, Starlink, could soon be cheaper for some households to purchase. The provider said it plans to enter the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program, or ACP. This comes as SpaceX strives to build out its service’s offerings and reach more users. Musk’s internet endeavor has hit multiple snags and obstacles since…

  • SpaceX Slams FCC’s Decision Not To Reinstate Starlink’s $886 Million Broadband Grant

    SpaceX Slams FCC’s Decision Not To Reinstate Starlink’s $886 Million Broadband Grant

    SpaceX seemingly doesn’t like to be told “no.” The Elon Musk-owned Starlink operator hit back at the Federal Communications Commission’s refusal to reinstate a $886 million broadband grant tentatively awarded to satellite internet service in 2020.  “SpaceX is deeply disappointed and perplexed by the Commission’s decision to exclude SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service from the…

  • SpaceX Gets Full FCC Approval to Test Phone Calls From Space

    SpaceX Gets Full FCC Approval to Test Phone Calls From Space

    SpaceX finally got the green light to conduct full tests of voice calls and data transfers between its satellites in space and unmodified smartphones on the ground. The Elon Musk-owned rocket company received “experimental special temporary authorization” to conduct the test, which will used T-Mobile phones on the ground, PC Mag first reported. This follows…

  • Starlink’s Internet Speeds Are Picking Up After a ‘Marginal Decline’ Over the Summer

    Starlink’s Internet Speeds Are Picking Up After a ‘Marginal Decline’ Over the Summer

    Starlink’s internet speeds are climbing again after a slight decline in the third quarter of 2023, according to data from Ookla’s speed test. The decline came after little speed fluctuation this year. On average in the U.S., SpaceX-owned Starlink’s download speed was 64.54 Mbps in Q3 2023 — a “marginal” drop quarter on quarter, according…

  • No, Hackers Didn’t Break Into Your Amazon Account

    No, Hackers Didn’t Break Into Your Amazon Account

    A rumor that Amazon accounts had fallen prey to a hack has been proven to be untrue. The rumor spread like wildfire on social media and claimed that bad actors had added more addresses to user accounts for Amazon Hub lockers. An investigation by fact-checking website Snopes found that social media users who shared the…