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Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« on: 04/03/2021 03:33 pm »
According to an article from the Austin Business Journal, the SpaceX factory will be built on land purchased by Tesla, across the street from the Tesla Giga Texas.

I think it's pretty safe to assume that we're talking about an assembly plant for Starlink devices for customers.

In good news, the Giga Texas being built there has new drone footage every day (!), sometimes as much as 4 a day from different authors.

https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2021/04/02/sources-spacex-facility-planned-near-tesla-plant.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/02/spacex-building-starlink-manufacturing-factory-in-austin-texas.html
« Last Edit: 04/03/2021 03:34 pm by LooZ »

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #1 on: 04/03/2021 10:49 pm »
Don't have the links right at hand but job postings from SpaceX strongly implied that the Austin facility will focus on building custom production equipment for Hawthorne's user terminal factory.

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #2 on: 04/04/2021 12:28 am »
Don't have the links right at hand but job postings from SpaceX strongly implied that the Austin facility will focus on building custom production equipment for Hawthorne's user terminal factory.
Where will they build the equipment to build the production equipment?  (GOTO 10)
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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #3 on: 04/04/2021 01:03 am »
Don't have the links right at hand but job postings from SpaceX strongly implied that the Austin facility will focus on building custom production equipment for Hawthorne's user terminal factory.

Makes a lot of sense to colocate production line development with Tesla Grohmann who will definitely be employed at Giga Texas for a while.
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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #4 on: 11/21/2021 02:30 am »
Jeff Roberts, one of the Giga Texas drone pilots, today reports that [an anonymous] Tesla employee assured him that the factory across the highway would be for user terminals.

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #5 on: 11/21/2021 02:48 am »
Jeff Roberts, one of the Giga Texas drone pilots, today reports that [an anonymous] Tesla employee assured him that the factory across the highway would be for user terminals.
 
Are there any images or videos of said site?

Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #6 on: 11/21/2021 03:00 am »
Jeff Roberts, one of the Giga Texas drone pilots, today reports that [an anonymous] Tesla employee assured him that the factory across the highway would be for user terminals.
 
Are there any images or videos of said site?
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The area of the Starlink site is on the other side of the interstate from the almost complete factory.

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #7 on: 11/21/2021 03:30 am »
See 12:30 in the video, it's just a gravel patch right now (being used for storage)

Edit:  It's worth noting for those unfamiliar, that the gravel patch has been there for quite a while and it's not clear when actual construction might begin.  The early site prep best attributed to clearing and leveling the general area leading up to building the new major access road that runs parallel to the river over [the far end of the photo below], with the topsoil having been used for finishing shoulders, retention ponds and other areas with vegetative cover.
« Last Edit: 11/21/2021 03:59 pm by r1279 »

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #8 on: 11/21/2021 05:05 am »
Thankyou both, screenshot attached to save people the extra click. 
Will be interesting to follow progress there.

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #9 on: 01/06/2022 08:55 pm »
Any update on this? Have they built anything yet?
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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #10 on: 01/07/2022 02:33 am »
Any update on this? Have they built anything yet?

Doesn't look like any construction will start for a while. Right now, Tesla continues to store additional construction materials on the site.

If you want to follow progress there, Joe Tegtmeyer (https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeTegtmeyer) has regular drone flights over Giga Austin and frequently includes the area in question.
« Last Edit: 01/07/2022 02:34 am by unitx »

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #11 on: 01/07/2022 02:33 pm »
Any update on this? Have they built anything yet?

Doesn't look like any construction will start for a while. Right now, Tesla continues to store additional construction materials on the site.

If you want to follow progress there, Joe Tegtmeyer (https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeTegtmeyer) has regular drone flights over Giga Austin and frequently includes the area in question.
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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #12 on: 01/08/2022 10:48 am »
Any update on this? Have they built anything yet?

Doesn't look like any construction will start for a while. Right now, Tesla continues to store additional construction materials on the site.

If you want to follow progress there, Joe Tegtmeyer (https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeTegtmeyer) has regular drone flights over Giga Austin and frequently includes the area in question.
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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #13 on: 01/10/2023 03:23 am »
Found by virtuallynathan on reddit: A new job ads for STARLINK OPERATIONS MANAGER at Austin, TX, job description include the following:

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One of the most ambitious missions that SpaceX has undertaken to date, the Starlink constellation is our solution to providing reliable internet to the entire world. To meet growing demand for Starlink, we are opening a new Starlink Factory in the Austin area to manufacture Starlink Products and we are looking for a talented Operations Manager to lead initial bring up and long-term growth of the new site. Successful candidates in this role will be highly organized, possess effective communication skills, and work well in a dynamic environment with changing needs as we strive to rapidly activate a new site to deliver high-impact technology on a massive scale.

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #14 on: 02/11/2023 03:12 am »
https://twitter.com/VirtuallyNathan/status/1624062330320437249

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Hiring is ramping up for Starlink in Austin!

"As a Production Manager for the Starlink Product Factory...  This role will be based out in the greater Austin area facility, but the expectation is for this person to train in Hawthorne, CA for 3-4 months."

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #15 on: 02/21/2023 09:09 pm »
Video of the SpaceX and Boring Company in Austin. 
From Joe Tegtmeyer

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #16 on: 03/20/2023 06:45 am »
https://twitter.com/joetegtmeyer/status/1637564155283529728

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I also flew at the SpaceX facility in Bastrop Texas today! The building is almost completed and work underway to prepare for asphalt & concrete on the surrounding grounds. A 2nd boring tunnel emerging near the main entrance & a new structure too!  My new YouTube video will come out tomorrow!

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #17 on: 03/20/2023 09:47 am »
I don't know anything about factories or warehousing/distribution, so this is a naïve observation, but that is a awful lot delivery bays they have (60+). 

Is there anything about production ambitions we can infer from that?

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #18 on: 03/20/2023 12:01 pm »
I don't know anything about factories or warehousing/distribution, so this is a naïve observation, but that is a awful lot delivery bays they have (60+). 

Is there anything about production ambitions we can infer from that?

I'm not sure if we can infer much from that, but if you look at it in comparison to the Tesla factories they have moved away from a traditional shipping/receiving area and prefer to have the materials from their suppliers delivered to the point in the assembly line where they are going to be used.

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Re: Starlink Manufacturing Facility in Austin, TX
« Reply #19 on: 03/20/2023 09:26 pm »
I don't know anything about factories or warehousing/distribution, so this is a naïve observation, but that is a awful lot delivery bays they have (60+). 

Is there anything about production ambitions we can infer from that?

I'm not sure if we can infer much from that, but if you look at it in comparison to the Tesla factories they have moved away from a traditional shipping/receiving area and prefer to have the materials from their suppliers delivered to the point in the assembly line where they are going to be used.

Yes, and buffers of parts from suppliers are held in trailers in a nearby/adjacent warehouse on wheels.  So it wouldn't be surprising to see a fair bit more trailer parking added.
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