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      Musk shut off Starlink to prevent Ukraine attack on Russian ships, report says

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 7 September, 2023 - 17:22

    A Starlink satellite dish sits on the ground in Ukraine.

    Enlarge / Starlink satellite dish seen on September 25, 2022, in Izyum, Kharkiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (credit: Getty Images | Yasuyoshi Chiba)

    Elon Musk ordered SpaceX engineers to temporarily disable Starlink in order to thwart a Ukrainian submarine drone attack on the Russian naval fleet last year, according to a report based on a new biography of Musk. The book provides more details on a previously reported incident.

    A CNN exclusive report today said, "Elon Musk secretly ordered his engineers to turn off his company's Starlink satellite communications network near the Crimean coast last year to disrupt a Ukrainian sneak attack on the Russian naval fleet, according to an excerpt adapted from Walter Isaacson's new biography of the eccentric billionaire titled 'Elon Musk.'"

    "As Ukrainian submarine drones strapped with explosives approached the Russian fleet, they 'lost connectivity and washed ashore harmlessly,' Isaacson writes," the CNN report said. Ukrainian officials reportedly begged Musk to turn satellite service in the area back on.

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      SpaceX is stretching the lifetime of its reusable Falcon 9 boosters

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 10 July, 2023 - 16:59

    A Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission Sunday night to deploy 22 more Starlink internet satellites.

    Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket streaks into the sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission Sunday night to deploy 22 more Starlink internet satellites. (credit: SpaceX )

    The late-night liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket with another batch of Starlink Internet satellites on Sunday set a new record for the most flights by a SpaceX launch vehicle, with a first-stage booster flying for a 16th time. SpaceX now aims to fly its reusable Falcon 9 boosters as many as 20 times, double the company’s original goal.

    The flight followed several months of inspections and refurbishment of SpaceX’s most-flown rocket, a process that included a “recertification” of the booster to prove, at least on paper, that it could fly as many as five more times after completing its 15th launch and landing last December.

    Sunday night’s mission got the booster’s extended life off to a good start.

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      Starlink/T-Mobile plan for satellite-to-phone service to get boost from FCC

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 17 March, 2023 - 16:07

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert sit on a stage outdoors, holding microphones and smiling, during a press conference. Sievert wears a T-Mobile T-shirt and Musk wears a T-shirt that says

    Enlarge / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert at a joint event on August 25, 2022, in Boca Chica Beach, Texas. (credit: Getty Images | Michael Gonzalez )

    The Federal Communications Commission says it wants to help satellite companies and mobile carriers partner up to close gaps in wireless networks. In a 4-0 vote, the FCC yesterday proposed "a new regulatory framework" designed to help satellite operators and wireless companies "leverage the growth in space-based services to connect smartphone users in remote, unserved, and underserved areas."

    In August 2022, Starlink operator SpaceX and T-Mobile announced a plan to deliver space-to-ground service to mobile phones in areas not covered by T-Mobile's cellular network. SpaceX said this week that the companies plan to start testing the satellite-to-cell service sometime this year. Text messaging is expected to be the first supported service, with voice and Internet coverage to be added later.

    The FCC said yesterday that "numerous such collaborations have launched recently, and the FCC seeks to establish clear and transparent processes to support supplemental coverage from space."

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      Starlink explains why its FCC map listings are so different from reality

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 8 March, 2023 - 20:22

    A Starlink satellite dish pictured on the ground, near an RV.

    Enlarge / A Starlink satellite dish. (credit: Starlink)

    SpaceX has offered a public explanation for why Starlink's actual service availability falls far short of what it claimed on the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband map.

    SpaceX's FCC filings indicate it offers fixed broadband at virtually every address in the US even though the Starlink website's service map shows it has a waitlist in huge portions of the country. As we previously reported , SpaceX removed some homes from the FCC database when residents filed challenges because they were unable to order Starlink at addresses listed as served on the FCC map.

    SpaceX tried to clear up the confusion in an FCC filing last week. The company says it followed FCC rules when submitting data and blamed the FCC system for not allowing it to report data more precisely. Under the map system rules, SpaceX argues that it is allowed to report an address as "served" even if the resident can only order Starlink's RV service.

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      FCC cancels Starlink’s $886 million grant from Ajit Pai’s mismanaged auction

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 10 August, 2022 - 19:23

    Man's hand holding stack of US currency with some bills flying away.

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    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected Starlink's application to receive $885.51 million in broadband funding, essentially canceling a grant awarded by the FCC during then-Chairman Ajit Pai's tenure.

    Starlink was tentatively awarded the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) grant in December 2020. But the satellite provider still needed FCC approval of a long-form application to receive the money, which is intended for areas with little or no high-speed broadband access.

    We wrote about potential problems with the SpaceX grant a week after the FCC's reverse auction , in which ISPs bid on grants organized by census blocks. Consumer advocacy group Free Press accused Pai of "subsidiz[ing] broadband for the rich," pointing out that Starlink was awarded money in urban areas including locations at or adjacent to major airports.

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      Amazon asked FCC to reject Starlink plan because it can’t compete, SpaceX says

      Jon Brodkin · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 1 September, 2021 - 17:49

    Jeff Bezos at a space conference, sitting in front of a picture of the stars in the night sky.

    Enlarge / Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 12, 2016. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

    Amazon's attempt to block proposals for the next-generation Starlink system is a "delay tactic" and a continuation of Amazon's strategy of "hinder[ing] competitors to compensate for Amazon's failure to make progress of its own," SpaceX told the Federal Communications Commission yesterday.

    "Amazon's track record amply demonstrates that as it falls behind competitors, it is more than willing to use regulatory and legal processes to create obstacles designed to delay those competitors from leaving Amazon even further behind," SpaceX told the FCC in its filing . Approving Amazon's request would hurt consumers by denying them "access to faster-moving competition," SpaceX said.

    Amazon last week urged the FCC to reject an update to SpaceX's Starlink plan because it "proposes two different configurations for the nearly 30,000 satellites of its Gen2 System, each of which arranges these satellites along very different orbital parameters." Amazon contends that the SpaceX request violates a rule requiring applications to be complete and have no internal inconsistencies.

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      Amazon and SpaceX fight over Starlink plan for 30,000 more satellites

      Jon Brodkin · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 27 August, 2021 - 20:35

    Illustration of the Earth with the logo of Starlink, the satellite broadband service planned by SpaceX.

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    Amazon is urging US regulators to reject an update to SpaceX's plan for a second-generation Starlink system.

    Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite-broadband subsidiary, says that SpaceX broke Federal Communications Commission rules by "propos[ing] two different configurations for the nearly 30,000 satellites of its Gen2 System, each of which arranges these satellites along very different orbital parameters. SpaceX's novel approach of applying for two mutually exclusive configurations is at odds with both the commission's rules and public policy and we urge the commission to dismiss this amendment."

    Amazon summarized its views in a meeting with commission staff and in an ex parte filing on Wednesday that summarized the meeting, saying that SpaceX should be allowed to resubmit the amendment to its application only "after settling on a single configuration for its Gen2 System."

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      SpaceX slams Dish’s “baseless attempt” to block Starlink’s FCC funding

      Jon Brodkin · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 March, 2021 - 22:17

    Illustration of the Earth with lines representing a global network.

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    SpaceX and Dish Network are fighting at the Federal Communications Commission over Dish's attempt to block a key designation that SpaceX's Starlink division needs in order to get FCC broadband funding.

    A SpaceX filing submitted yesterday said that Dish's "baseless attempt" to block funding "would serve only to delay what matters most—connecting unserved Americans." While Dish says it has valid concerns about interference in the 12 GHz band, SpaceX described Dish's complaint to the FCC as a "facially spurious filing" that "is only the latest example of Dish's abuse of Commission resources in its misguided effort to expropriate the 12 GHz band."

    The dispute is related to several FCC proceedings including one on a Starlink petition seeking designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) under the Communications Act. SpaceX needs this legal designation in some of the states where it won federal funding to deploy broadband in unserved areas. Dish asked the FCC to deny SpaceX the needed status in the 12 GHz band.

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      Starlink peut se lancer en France : qu’apporte cette offre d’Internet par satellite ?

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Friday, 19 February, 2021 - 10:20

    L'autorité de régulation des télécoms autorise Starlink à fonctionner en France. Le service imaginé par SpaceX a obtenu des fréquences pour pouvoir établir des liaisons entre le territoire français et l'espace, où se trouvent ses satellites. [Lire la suite]

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