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Starlink: Elon Musk and SpaceX abandon their project in Gravelines

SpaceX specializes in astronautics and spaceflight and is owned by American billionaire Elon Musk. In addition to exploration projects for the Moon and Mars, it develops 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 cancelled…

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According to our colleagues from Ouest France, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Mail and Press Distribution (Arcep) has confirmed the abandonment of the Space X project.

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

To continue its development, SpaceX needs land bases in France, which will act as a relay to cover the entire territory. These stations do not consist of antennas, but of spheres that are used to connect several satellites together and transmit data as long as the laser link system is not active.

Close to BASF

In France, the Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority and the National Frequency Agency, which remain very aware of the population’s exposure to waves, had approved 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 BASF and former 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 have hovered over the project. Due to the lack of consultation and the lack of financial support for the connection to the public electricity grid, Graveline’s mayor Bertrand Ringot finally refused to grant a building permit at the end of April.

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