Musk’s Starlink Moves Forward In US Military Talks

FILE - Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., introduces the Model X car at the company's headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in Fremont, Calif. Musk may want to send “tweet” back to the birds, but the ubiquitous term for posting on the site he now calls X is here to stay, at least for now. For one, the word is still plastered all over the website formerly known as Twitter. Write a post, you still need to press a blue button that says “tweet” to publish it. To repost it, you still tap “retweet.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
  • SpaceX’s Starlink satellite service has successfully concluded nine months of tests with the U.S. military in the Arctic, potentially paving the way for increased collaboration between owner Elon Musk and the Pentagon in a region marked by escalating strategic competition.
  • The previously undisclosed testing revealed that Starlink proved to be a “reliable and high-performance communications system in the Arctic, including on-the-move applications,” stated Brian Beal, principal engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Integrated Capabilities Directorate, in a statement to Bloomberg News.
  • Conducted until June, these exercises assessed Starlink’s suitability for meeting the Pentagon’s communication needs, as mentioned by Beal. As of now, a SpaceX spokesperson has not responded immediately to a request for comment.