Google and SpaceX have signed an installation agreement Star link terminals in Google Cloud’s server centers around the world.
According to the companies, the agreement is mutually beneficial as it allows SpaceX to leverage the power of the cloud for Starlink customers and extend the high-speed satellite network to Google’s corporate cloud customers.
“Combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and features provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,” said Gwynne Shotwell, CEO and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX.
Elon Musk, a space company that made a similar deal Microsoft Azure cloud service last year, will install the first Starlink terminal in Google’s data center in New Albany, Ohio.
Secure data transfer
Once the network is up and running, Google says large organizations such as public sector agencies or companies in remote areas can benefit from Starlink’s satellite suite to deliver cloud data and applications to the edge.
“We are excited to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with a distributed footprint have seamless, secure and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to sustain their team,” said Urs Hölzle, Infrastructure Manager, Google Cloud.
To date, SpaceX has successfully deployed more than 1,500 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit and plans to launch several more in the near future.
The combined Starlink-Google Cloud features are expected to be available to customers by the end of 2021.