Elon Musk revealed that his satellite company, Starlink, is no longer operating at a loss and is generating enough revenue to break even. In a recent post on X, Musk expressed his excitement over the achievement, fueling speculation that Starlink may be spun off from SpaceX in the future.
Musk had previously mentioned the possibility of an initial public offering (IPO) for Starlink, but only when the company’s revenue growth becomes stable and predictable. Previously, Starlink was losing substantial amounts of money, with Musk’s primary objective being to avoid bankruptcy. With the new development, an IPO may be on the horizon for the satellite operator.
Starlink has rapidly become a dominant player in the satellite industry. Musk stated that the company now accounts for the majority of active satellites in orbit, and by next year, it will have launched the majority of all satellites from Earth.
Despite its success, Starlink has also posed challenges for Musk. The company’s involvement with Ukraine’s military led to accusations of obstructing a major assault on Crimea when Musk declined a request to extend coverage to the region. According to a biography of Musk by Walter Isaacson, the SpaceX CEO voiced discomfort with Starlink’s role in armed conflicts, emphasizing its intended purpose of providing internet access for everyday use such as entertainment and education.
Recently, Musk faced criticism for offering Starlink’s services to aid organizations in Gaza after internet access was disrupted. The move sparked controversy with the Israeli government.
In other news, another of Musk’s ventures, X.AI, is set to enter the AI arena by unveiling its first artificial intelligence model. Musk announced on X that the company would release its AI model to a select group. He hinted that it is currently the best AI model available in several crucial aspects.
As of now, SpaceX has not provided a comment on these developments.