Starlink: Elon Musk and SpaceX abandon their project in Gravelines

Specializing in astronautics and spaceflight, SpaceX is owned by American billionaire Elon Musk. In addition to exploration projects to the Moon and Mars, it is developing the Starlink program, which aims to ensure high-speed Internet throughout the world. Gravelines was chosen as one of its French bases. But the project has just been canceled…




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The regulatory authority for electronic communications, posts and press distribution (Arcep) has confirmed, according to our colleagues from Ouest France, the abandonment of the Space X project.

As a reminder, this project has already deployed 1,145 satellites in space, making it the largest constellation in the history of aeronautics. The objective of its Starlink program: to provide high-speed Internet to the whole world thanks to constellations of low-altitude satellites.

To continue its development, SpaceX needs ground bases in France which will serve as a relay to cover the entire territory. These stations are not made up of antennas but of spheres used to link several satellites together and transfer data as long as the laser link system is not active.

Close to BASF

In France, the Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority and the National Frequencies Agency, which remain very attentive to the exposure of populations to waves, had authorized the establishment of three stations: in Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron ( Manche), Villenave-d’Ornon (Gironde) and Gravelines. The land chosen was located in the Leurette area, rue du Vieux-Chemin-de-Loon, between the BASF and formerly Ajinomoto factories.

No building permit

With the nearby presence of OVH, which has very powerful servers, Gravelines seemed to be a relevant choice of location for Starlink. But, since last spring, doubts hovered over the project. Due to the lack of consultation and a lack of financial support for the connection to the public electricity network, the mayor of Gravelines, Bertrand Ringot, had finally refused, at the end of April, to grant a building permit.





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