UK’s approved for SpaceX to build Starlink Gateway ‘Megasite’
SpaceX has had plans to build a Starlink Gateway named ‘Megasite’. According to a filing posted on Twitter by Nathan Owens, SpaceX has got approval to build the site from the UK government.
Look at the tweet:-
Starlink Gen2 Gateway "Megasites"! (h/t @kierank_). This is from a UK filing about a new site in Wherstead, UK being built by @HiberniaNetwork. The first of these sites appears to be in Prosser, WA, which was constructed in June 2022. @mikepuchol @Megaconstellati @RealTeslaNorth pic.twitter.com/yT8lW4xENO
— Nathan Owens (@VirtuallyNathan) December 5, 2022
The UK Government will proceed to work on providing internet access to the countryside communities in order to aid the work. SpaceX has received approval from the British government in the communication regulator section of Ofcom to build the getaways.
SpaceX already has three operational Starlink Gateways in the country and they are planning to build six more including the ‘Megasite’ at Wherstead, UK. The earlier gateways are ground stations with antennas that connect to fiber-optic infrastructures to access internet data and transmit it to the satellites in Low Earth Orbit.
The next Gateways will support SpaceX’s next-generation Starlink satellites known as the Starlink Generation 2 (Gen2) system.
Michelle Donelan, Digital Secretary, released a statement as reported by tesmanian.com, “High-speed broadband beamed to earth from space could be the answer to the connectivity issues suffered by people in premises stuck in the digital slow lane.”
“Ensuring everyone can get a quality internet connection is crucial to our leveling up plans and these trials aim to find a solution to the prohibitively high cost of rolling out cables to far-flung locations,” they said in a PA Media press release. “We are also today kicking off plans for our biggest broadband build to date as we announce another £100 million is being spent as part of our Project Gigabit program,” he added.