Google will help deliver Elon Musk's Starlink internet service under a new deal

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SpaceX's Starlink user terminal, or satellite dish, installed on a roof. Ashish Sharma/SpaceX
  • SpaceX and Google signed a deal to deliver Starlink internet service, the companies said Thursday.

  • SpaceX will build Starlink ground stations at Google's data centers under the deal.

  • Google Cloud would provide computing support to help deliver the satellite internet service.

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Google Cloud and Elon Musk's SpaceX are teaming up.

The tech giant on Thursday announced a deal to provide cloud services to SpaceX. Under the deal, SpaceX will install Starlink ground stations at Google data centers, and Google Cloud will provide networking and computing support for the internet service.

"Combining Starlink's high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google's infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect," Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world."

With Starlink, SpaceX aims to provide high-speed internet to homes and businesses around the globe that aren't wired for broadband. The company is also looking to target enterprises, and the Google deal could help it accomplish that; Starlink has said it aims to offer internet service to enterprise customers in the second half of 2021.

Read more: I tried Starlink, Elon Musk's satellite-internet project, for 3 weeks after moving to rural Vermont. It's a game changer.

The partnership would enable people and organizations with Starlink service to access cloud services and applications like machine learning and analytics.

Starlink is in a beta test that includes more than 10,000 users. It has launched more than 1,500 internet-providing satellites into orbit and has plans for a network of more than 40,000 satellites.

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