SpaceX Starlink Internet Plans Expansion into Spain

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Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet company has been expanding into countries around the world, following successful North American beta tests, and while the SpaceX company is still rolling out its satellite constellation.

Starlink is expanding its reach in European Union (EU) countries, including Spain, with parent company SpaceX having registered two subsidiaries with Spain’s National Securities Market Commission (CNMC), according to El Paīs.

The first of Starlink’s two companies for Spain is its official service provider, headquartered in Ireland, and the second, based in Madrid and focusing on operations like data switches and frequencies, according to the regulator.

At the Satellite 2021 LEO Digital Conference, Starlink President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said, “We have global reach, but we don’t have global connectivity yet.” Shotwell continued, “We expect that after about 28 satellite launches we will have continuous coverage around the globe.”

Shotwell recently won satellite executive of the year, and it shows in Starlink’s ambition and sheer amount of satellites already in orbit – despite the service’s infancy. Last week, SpaceX launched 60 new Starlink satellites, for a record 10th time in a row with its Falcon 9 booster.

In early April, Starlink announced that it had launched nearly 1,400 satellites into orbit, with at least another 120 launched since the announcement. The company plans to cover most of the Earth with its satellite constellation by the end of this year, covering the entire Earth by the end of 2022.

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