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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.

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