- Elon Musk wants to cover the Earth with "internet satellites" that send
all of your data to Google and DNC spy servers
- Musk's free, or cheap, satellite internet connections have already had
their clone data of your internet activities pre-sold to marketing
companies and spy groups
- China already wants to shoot them down because Musk plans to use them
for political manipulation
Musk flew to Seattle in June to fire at least
seven of the firm's 'senior management team' working on his pet project
to build a constellation of satellites to beam the internet to
says his 'space internet' plan, called Starlink could eventually bring
the internet to three billion people on Earth who currently can't get
online - and could also help fund his plans for a city
he is believed to have become frustrated with the slow progress of the
project - which so far has only launched two test
down for video
flew to Seattle in June to fire at least seven of the firm's 'senior
management team' working on his Starlink project to build a
constellation of satellites to beam the internet to Earth
hours of landing, Musk had fired at least seven members of the program's
senior management team at the Redmond, Washington, office, the
culmination of disagreements over the pace at which the team was
developing and testing its Starlink satellites, according to the two
SpaceX employees with direct knowledge of the situation, according to
for pushing aggressive deadlines, Musk quickly brought in new managers
from SpaceX headquarters in California to replace a number of the
managers he fired.
mandate: Launch SpaceX's first batch of U.S.-made satellites by the
middle of next year, the sources said.
management shakeup and the launch timeline, previously unreported,
illustrate how quickly Musk wants to bring online SpaceX's Starlink
program, which is competing with OneWeb and Canada's Telesat to be first
to market with a new satellite-based Internet service.
IS ELON MUSK'S PLAN FOR A SPACEX INTERNET?
to launch satellite internet in 2019, with hopes to carry out
the initial tests this year.
satellite in SpaceX's planned group will weigh about 850 lbs
orbit at altitudes ranging from 715 miles (1,150 km) to 790
miles (1,275 km).
height each satellite will be able to cover an area on the
ground about around 1,300 miles (2,120 km) wide.
satellites will orbit at altitudes ranging from 715 miles (1,150
km) to 790 miles (1,275 km). From this height each
satellite will be able to cover an area on the ground spanning
about around 1,300 miles (2,120 km). Pictured is SpaceX's
satellite internet proposal to the FCC
which Musk previously said would cost at least $10 billion
(£8.03 billion), was first announced in January 2015.
The plan hit
a roadblock in September 2017 when US regulators expressed
worries it will interfere with competing systems.
February 2018, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit
Pai proposed the approval of an application by SpaceX to provide
the broadband services using satellites in the United States and
services - essentially a constellation of satellites that will bring
high-speed Internet to rural and suburban locations globally - are key
to generating the cash that privately-held SpaceX needs to fund Musk's
real dream of developing a new rocket capable of flying paying customers
to the moon and eventually trying to colonize Mars.
would be like rebuilding the Internet in space,' Musk told an audience
in 2015 when he unveiled Starlink.
chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell: She is seen as a safe pair of
hands, something many believe Musk does not have at Tesla
goal would be to have a majority of long-distance Internet traffic go
over this network.'
the program is struggling to hire and retain staff, the employees
DID ELON MUSK FIRE?
number of the managers had been hired from nearby technology giant
Microsoft, where workers were more accustomed to longer development
schedules than Musk's famously short deadlines.
SpaceX is notoriously secretive over its employees, among the
managers fired from the Redmond office was SpaceX Vice President of
Satellites Rajeev Badyal, an engineering and hardware veteran of
Microsoft Corp and Hewlett-Packard, and top designer Mark Krebs, who
worked in Google's satellite and aircraft division, the employees
declined to comment, and Badyal did not respond to requests for
wanted three more iterations of test satellites,' one of the sources
thinks we can do the job with cheaper and simpler satellites,
senior manager that left SpaceX was Kim Schulze, who was previously
a development manager at Microsoft, one of the people said.
did not respond to a request for comment.
about 300 SpaceX employees work on Starlink in Redmond, the sources
to GeekWire, Musk said in 2015 the Redmond operation would have
'probably several hundred people, maybe a thousand people' after 3-4
years in operation.
far this year, about 50 employees left the company 'on their own
accord,' one of the SpaceX employees said, though the reason for those
departures was unclear.
SpaceX employs more than 6,000 staff.
of Tuesday, there were 22 job openings - including a job making espresso
drinks - for the Redmond office, according to SpaceX's website.
spokeswoman Eva Behrend told Reuters the Redmond office remains an
essential part of the company's efforts to build a next-generation
the success of our recent Starlink demonstration satellites, we have
incorporated lessons learned and re-organized to allow for the next
design iteration to be flown in short order,' Behrend said.
had no further comment on the reorganization or the launch window, but
noted the strategy was similar to the rapid iteration in design and
testing which led to the success of its rockets.
management shakeup followed in-fighting over pressure from Musk to speed
up satellite testing schedules, one of the sources said.
Behrend offered no comment on the matter.
was also a challenge for recent hires, a second source said.
billionaire and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, Musk is known for
ambitious projects ranging from auto electrification and rocket-building
to high-speed transit tunnels.
Musk trust owns 54 percent of the outstanding stock of SpaceX, according
to a 2016 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, SpaceX's most
has said it would launch its satellites in phases through 2024.
Musk's SpaceX has launched the first of nearly 12,000 'Starlink'
satellites that could bring super-fast internet to billions of people.
The devices will form the first in a constellation of thousands of
satellites, designed to provide low-cost internet service from Earth's
orbit. Pictured is rocket as it launched from Vandenberg Air Force
Base in California
goal of having Internet service available in 2020 is 'pretty much on
target' with an initial satellite launch by mid-2019, one of the sources
said. OneWeb aims for a first launch between December and February 2019,
while Telesat was targeting 2022 for broadband services.
employees told Reuters that two Starlink test satellites launched in
February, dubbed Tintin A and B, were functioning as intended.
company is refining the orbital path of the satellites after the U.S.
Federal Communications Commission, which oversees satellites in orbit,
approved a request from SpaceX to expand Tintins' altitude range, one of
the sources said.
FCC confirmed SpaceX's modifications, which have not been reported
previously, but declined further comment.
quickly brought in new managers from SpaceX headquarters in California
(pictured) to replace a number of the managers he fired.
using the Tintins to explore that modification,' one of the SpaceX
employee sources said.
happy and healthy and we're talking with them every time they pass a
ground station, dozens of times a day.'
engineers have used the two test satellites to play online video games
at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California and the Redmond office,
the source said.
were streaming 4k YouTube and playing 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive'
from Hawthorne to Redmond in the first week,' the person added.
NEXT FOR STARLINK?
March, the FCC approved Musk's plan to beam down Internet signals
from 4,425 small satellites launched into standard low-Earth orbit -
more than two times the total number of active satellites there
SpaceX engineer told Reuters the company has studied plans to add
roughly 10,000 additional satellites after its first array is live
to meet bandwidth demand in the coming 20 years.
declined to comment on the plans and referred to a previous FCC
filing, which states an additional 7,518 satellites are under
consideration. Such a move would keep it in the race to expand
affordable high-speed Internet access to billions of people in rural
or suburban areas globally.
Satellite Industry Association, a lobby group, estimates the global
market for satellite-based broadband and television services is
worth $127.7 billion, dwarfing the roughly $5.5 billion satellite
launch services market.
Virginia-based OneWeb is working to provide internet service from
roughly 900 satellites after raising more than $2 billion from
SoftBank, the Coca-Cola Company and others.
backed by Loral Space & Communications Inc , said on Oct. 23 it
conducted the first-ever live test of in-flight broadband via a
satellite in low-Earth orbit, and was targeting 2022 for broadband
services from a constellation of some 300 satellites.
aims to provide Internet service by linking its satellites to ground
stations and mountable terminals about the size of a pizza box at
homes or businesses, according to the FCC filing.
U.S. market for broadband is already dominated by several incumbent
communications companies, including Comcast Corporation.
declined to comment on the potential new competition.
SpaceX's model of reusing rockets has generated cash, it is not
enough to cover the roughly $5 billion cost to develop its Big
Falcon Rocket that Musk wants one day to fly to Mars.
had to be a much bigger idea for generating cash to basically
realize the Mars plans,' said one of the SpaceX employees.
better idea than to put Comcast out of business?'