SpaceX to Add Gen2 Starlink Communication at 60 U.S. Gateway Sites, Reveals Filing

Photo: Nathan Owens

SpaceX filed amendments on December 20 for 60 of its U.S. ground stations to add communications for Gen2 Starlink satellites, as shared on Wednesday by @Nathan Owens.

Some of ground stations in the amendment include those in Elbert, Colorado; Colburn, Idaho; Broadview, Illinois; Bellingham, Washington; Arbuckle, California; Anchorage, Alaska; Litchfield, Connecticut; Molokai, Hawaii; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; Tumon, Guam; Beekmantown, New York; Boca Chica, Texas; Charleston, Oregon; Butte, Montana; Conrad, Montana; Cass County, North Dakota; and Dumas, Texas.

Owens also notes in the post that the Bellingham, Washington ground station is a new site for SpaceX. Additionally, he points out that several STAs were granted on December 27.

Also on December 27, SpaceX filed to build five U.S. Gateway Megasites with E-Band (81-86Ghz TX, 71-76Ghz RX) at the following locations, as noted on Reddit by u/feral_engineer, points out Owens:

  • Anderson, SC (existing)
  • Benkelman, NE (new)
  • Blountsvilole, AL (new)
  • Savannah, TN (existing)
  • Surrency, GA (new)

The news comes as SpaceX works to build Gateway Megasites for its Gen2 Starlink satellites, offering updated connectivity for the new hardware.

It also comes on the same day SpaceX reportedly launched its first batch of Gen2 Starlink satellites, which the company said would occur before the end of December.

SpaceX is currently approved to launch up to 7,500 of the Gen2 Starlink satellites, and it recently topped 3,000 orbital satellites in operational positions within its constellation.

Starlink also reached one million active subscribers last week, as SpaceX continues widening its coverage map to include some of the world’s most remote locations.