SpaceX plans next-generation Starlink satellites with 1,000 launches

A stack of Starlink internet satellites about to take off.

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SpaceX is preparing to produce the next generation of its Starlink Internet satellites, according to a job posting from the company. To date, the company has deployed more than 1,000 first-generation satellites in orbit.

SpaceX is looking to hire a senior software developer on Starlink hardware testing to specifically “define and lead”, according to a posting on the company’s careers page, open at the time of posting on Friday [the] Test software roadmap for the production of Starlink v1.5 and v2.0. “

The company did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the job posting.

Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious project to build an interconnected internet network of thousands of satellites, known in the aerospace industry as a constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers around the world. The Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX to launch 11,943 satellites in November 2018. The company plans to have 4,425 satellites in orbit by 2024.

Elon Musk’s company has built versions 9.9 and 1.0 of Starlink satellites to date, with 1,023 satellites deployed over 18 launches since their last mission on Sunday.

The company launches up to 60 Starlink satellites simultaneously with its Falcon 9 rockets, but has also included the satellites as “ridesharing” for missions of other customers. SpaceX announced in August that it would “build 120 satellites per month,” and company officials told the FCC last week that the launch rate will continue to increase to match that production.

It is unclear how the new generation of satellites v1.5 and v2.0 differs from the ones launched so far.

SpaceX began adding “sunshades” to its Starlink satellites in June when the company tried to counter a public outcry from astronomers that the numerous spaceships were appearing as bright streaks on images captured by telescopes.

SpaceX deploys 60 Starlink satellites in orbit.

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