Is SpaceX Hiring to Make WI-FI Routers in Texas?

Is SpaceX Hiring to Make WI-FI Routers in Texas?

The routers would be a part of Starlink, a SpaceX project for broadband internet.

Elon Musk announced last year that Tesla was opening its latest Gigafactory in the area of Austin, Texas. Now, a report out of that same city has another of Musk’s companies, SpaceX, looking to make some hires in the Austin region.

According to KXAN, SpaceX has recently placed ads for jobs in Austin, at what has been described as “new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.” These include an Automation and Controls Engineer for the SpaceX project Starlink and an Assembly and Packaging Equipment Engineer. The listings say the employees will be working at least part of the time at SpaceX’s headquarters in the Los Angeles area, before the Austin facility is ready.

Starlink is a SpaceX project that is seeking to build what it describes as “high-speed, low latency broadband internet.” The project is currently in its beta stages.

“During beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all,” the company says on its website.

Musk announced last year that he was personally moving to Austin, and also relocating his foundation there.

The CEO had been saying for much of last year that he was planning to place a new Tesla Gigafactory somewhere in the “central USA,” and the company confirmed in June that the Austin area was the place, after Tesla purchased $5 million worth of land near Austin. That facility, once it’s built, will focus on the new Cybertruck, although the Model Y will also be built there.

Musk tweeted earlier this week that he is building a “city” called “Starbase, Texas.”

According to Entrepreneur magazine, Musk plans to build Starbase around SpaceX’s rocket launch site. “From thence to Mars, And hence the Stars,” Musk added on Twitter, indicating that the project is a dress rehearsal for the businessman’s oft-professed plans to colonize Mars. The rocket launch site, in Boca Chica, is at the Southern tip of Texas, in a different part of the state than Austin.

Musk has also said that the Starbase city will be governed by “The Doge,” which is possibility a reference to the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.

SpaceX did suffer a minor setback this week, when its Starship prototype rocket exploded after initially landing successfully following a high-altitude flight test.

The explosion followed similar explosions of test rockets that were launched by SpaceX in both December and February, CNBC said.

“Like SN8 and SN9, the goal of the SN10 flight was not necessarily to reach the maximum altitude, but rather to test several key parts of the Starship system. SpaceX fired all three engines for liftoff and then shut them down one at a time in sequence as the rocket neared the top of the flight’s intended altitude,” that report said.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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