Meet Starlink — The Name of SpaceX’s Mega Satellite Internet Constellation

SpaceX has applied for a trademark for the term “Starlink” as the name of its mega-constellations of Internet satellites. Elon Musk’s company’s has proposed an initial constellation of 4,425 satellites and a second constellation of 7,518 spacecraft.

Here’s how the services are described in the application, which was filed on Aug. 21:

IC 038. US 100 101 104. G & S: Satellite communication and transmission services; wireless broadband communication services; transmission of data, voice and video via satellite; interactive satellite communication services; delivery of messages by electronic transmission; providing telecommunications connections to the Internet; telecommunications gateway services; providing high-speed wireless internet access; providing multiple-user access to the internet, global computer networks, and electronic communications networks; providing access to global information networks; telecommunications services via satellite; providing a website featuring information in the field of satellite communications; providing a website featuring information in the field of internet access via satellite; providing access to electronic databases and online information for use in retrieving satellite data, recordings, and measurements; satellite photography services

IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Research and development services in the field of satellite communications; consulting services in the field of satellite communications; engineering services in the field of satellite communications; scientific and technological services, namely, research, analysis, and monitoring of data captured via remote sensors and satellites; remote sensing services, namely, aerial surveying through the use of satellites

  • windbourne

    I am going to guess that a number of FH launches will get the network started in the first year, followed by finishing it up the next.
    These LEO based networks should give a pretty good run against the DSL/Cable BS that we have in America.

  • spacechampion

    So they decided against calling it SkyNet? But then went for something similar. Watch out, the Murderbots are coming for us next!

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    These sats will only be about 200-500 kg each, so using the SpaceX fairing the constraint will be volume rather than mass. F9 will easily do the job of getting these to LEO/MEO – no need for FH.

  • CJ179

    Skynet is taken by English telecom satellites.

  • Eric R.

    Maybe a new payload fairing then?

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    A brand new payload faring is it?……so are you really suggesting a completely new second stage?.
    And then the sole purpose of this new second stage with its new payload fairing is to be able to lift a few extra tiny satellites to LEO using Falcon Heavy, rather than using a third of Falcon Heavy (aka F9).
    A Raptor powered fully reusable second stage is not entirely out of the question, but that is probably the only route to a new payload fairing ….unless you know different.