SpaceX is ramping up hiring efforts for its T-Mobile Starlink cell service partnership. Last month, SpaceX and T-Mobile announced their new partnership to end mobile dead zones. According to a post from SpaceX’s senior director of satellite engineering, there are three new positions that SpaceX is currently hiring for.
Each of the job postings mentions SpaceX’s development of the Direct to Cell satellite network, which will end dead zones. In each of the job postings, SpaceX emphasized the importance of the new Direct to Cell satellite network.
“More than 20% of the United States and 90% of the Earth remain uncovered by existing wireless networks, negatively impacting communities around the world. Starlink was created to connect the disconnected, and this new product will greatly expand that mission, expanding Starlink’s potential reach to billions of existing mobile devices. Applications range from connecting hikers in national parks, emergency workers such as firefighters, rural communities, remote sensors and equipment, and people and equipment in emergency situations.
SpaceX is hiring a Direct to Cell Partnerships Manager, Communications Integration Engineer and Senior Software Engineer. The latter role has more than one position to be filled.
Such emergency situations include those that leave communities without access to communications. Elon Musk specifically emphasized this during the announcement.
“Even if an entire region or country loses connectivity because of a severe hurricane or floods, fires or tornadoes, earthquakes – there are so many natural disasters.”
“Even if all the cell towers were removed, your phone would still work.”
I’ve written about my experience with Hurricane Ida several times, and personally, I’m excited about SpaceX, Starlink, and T-Mobile’s Direct to Cell network. As a T-Mobile customer, I look forward to testing the service when it becomes available on my device.
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