Never miss a story
Sign up for our free daily morning email...
...and afternoon text update

become a member

(Daniel Oberhaus/CC)

SpaceX, Elon Musk's aerospace manufacturer, will break ground on a new "state-of-the-art manufacturing facility" in Austin related to its broadband Starlink project, according to its latest jobs postings.

Starlink is a forthcoming high-speed, low latency broadband internet system enabled by a "constellation of low Earth orbit satellites" and well suited for populations with little or no connectivity, such as rural areas, according to the SpaceX website. The project is currently in the beta stage, with plans to expand "to near global coverage" this year.

The Austin manufacturing facility will manufacture consumer products, such as Starlink dishes, Wi-Fi routers and mounting hardware, according to job postings, which include two remote positions based in Austin: an automation and controls engineer for the Starlink project and an assembly and packing equipment engineer.

It remains unclear where in Austin the factory will be located.

California-based SpaceX has already established a presence in Texas, where it has a launch facility in Boca Chica, near Brownsville, and a rocket development facility in McGregor.

Founder and CEO Elon Musk announced in December that he had also moved to Texas from California, citing his two biggest projects: the Starship prototype that SpaceX is developing in Boca Chica and the forthcoming Tesla Gigafactory in Southeast Travis County. His other companies, the Boring Company and "Fitbit in your skull" startup Neuralink, have also recently expanded to Austin.

The enigmatic entrepreneur tweeted that he is "creating the city of Starbase, Texas" on Tuesday afternoon.


(Community First! Village/Facebook)

Local nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes announced plans to vastly expand Community First! Village, a 51-acre master-planned development that is home to more than 220 formerly chronically homeless residents, on Wednesday.

Keep Reading Show less

(Austin Anthem/Twitter)

Austin FC's first season will officially be underway, but their inaugural match will be nearly 1,500 miles away from their home city.

The match, which will see No. 21 ATXFC face No. 2 LAFC, will be broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but for some, simply watching from home isn't quite enough.

Keep Reading Show less

Homeless residents gather an at a camp under an overpass in South Austin. (Jordan Vonderhaar)

As Austin navigates its homelessness crisis, city voters will decide starting Monday whether to reinstate a ban on sitting, lying and camping in certain areas of the city. Proposition B has drawn impassioned support and opposition and is perhaps the most contentious item on the May 1 ballot.

Austonia sought out clear and brief editorials from either side of the debate. Arguing in favor of Prop B is Cleo Petricek, a Democrat and co-founder, along with Travis County GOP Chairperson Matt Mackowiak, of the Save Austin Now political action committee, which has led the charge to reinstate the camping ban. Opponent Emily Seales is a licensed clinical social worker and advocate with over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in homeless services in Austin and around the country. She is currently on staff at the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center and is board co-chair of Open Door.

Keep Reading Show less