SpaceX has made several headlines this year, but one of their most notable advances is StarLink, their satellite Internet service that can provide high-speed Internet to remote people.
The company currently has 1,000 satellites in low Earth orbit helping to provide a connection to locations across Canada and North America. These satellites work by connecting to “Earth stations” that can receive satellite signals and channel broadband Internet to homes or businesses via fiber optic cable.
As SpaceX works to expand its capacity to more customers and geographies, it is imperative that they build more ground stations to collect Starlink signals. But what do these earth stations look like? Reddit user ‘andrew867’ stumbled across one in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, snapping pictures to share with the world.
The ground station is an important building block for the Starlink network, which connects the satellite system to the backbone of land-based Internet.
Reddit user andrew867 mentioned in his post that “Eastlink has direct access to the only viable dark fiber / wavelength service coming from Nova Scotia to the province. The government of Zayo, Rogers, and NL all have access to the strands, but since Eastlink has sites in Nova Scotia There is no point in going. I do not doubt that Starlink will install more uplinks throughout the province to increase coverage from the existing fiber route. “
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This is all interesting insight into how SpaceX is undergoing the creation of its StarLink system, taking advantage of existing providers to provide its services.
A plank at the bottom of one of the domes reads:
“Property of SpaceX. Prototype – Not for sale or lease This unit is for demonstration use only. This prototype unit may not comply with EU directives. Is for Technical evaluation only. The device is not authorized as required by Federal Communications Commission regulations. This equipment cannot be offered for sale or on lease nor sold or sold or leased until authorized. Therefore, ownership must remain with SpaceX. “
In the image below, you can see the SpaceX ID (SPXID) attached to the bottom of the dome.
SpaceX will continue to build ground stations as it receives more approval from regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada to do so.