Elon Musk's SpaceX has created a satellite network specifically for government use called Starshield to aid in national security efforts, according to a recently published SpaceX webpage.
According to SpaceX, the program will use, which delivers high-speed internet to consumers and businesses via . The satellites are capable of bringing broadband internet to underserved areas minus the high latency and that come with traditional, geostationary .
Starshield will be more than your above-average, internet-delivering fleet of satellites, however. While communications is identified as one of Starshield's three main focuses, SpaceX also aims to provide Earth observation and payload carrying services.
The new service also promises to "meet the most demanding government requirements" when it comes to security and offer a "unique versatility to users" thanks to satellites that are "capable of integrating a wide variety of payloads."
It's unclear if any Starshield satellites are already in orbit, when the service will be available or which governments or military forces might use Starshield. The bottom of the webpage mentions SpaceX's "ongoing work" with the US Defense Department and includes an image of a US flag. But there is no other reference to the US on the page.
SpaceX didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.