Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX has been working on providing internet connectivity through satellites for a while now. The pilot projects have started in some parts of the world and now it looks like Google wants a slice of the pie as well. The Mountain View-based tech giant has announced that it won a deal to supply computing and networking resources to SpaceX.
In a press release, Google said, “Under this partnership, SpaceX will begin to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data centre properties, enabling the secure, low-latency, and reliable delivery of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to date to locations at the network edge via Google Cloud.”
“Combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,” said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell. “We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world.”
SpaceX plans to link internet connectivity to customers’ devices through satellites. These satellites will link up to Google’s data centres. A report by CNBC further explains that “customers can run applications quickly using Google’s cloud services, or they can send the information on to other companies’ services that are geographically nearby, enabling low latency so there’s minimal lag.” The data will come back through Google’s data centres to satellites and ultimately reach the end-users.
SpaceX recently announced that it has received over 5 lakh orders for its satellite internet service. In October 2020, SpaceX started a beta program for its service that is priced at $99 per month. Interested users will also have to pay $499 for Starlink Kit, which has a user terminal and a Wi-Fi router that is used to connect to the satellites.