SpaceX is preparing to launch across the Atlantic with its plans to establish an office in Dublin, Ireland. This strategic move is driven by SpaceX’s plans to expand its satellite internet service, Starlink, across Europe.
The decision to establish a foothold in Ireland, which would be the company’s first office in Europe, is a response to the remarkable global growth of Starlink, a company source revealed to The Sunday Times. SpaceX is now providing Starlink broadband internet services in Ireland and several other European nations. As the service footprint expands, so do the associated financial obligations. Therefore SpaceX is taking the proactive step of setting up a dedicated finance team based in Ireland.
According to the unidentified source this team’s primary objective is to ensure that all financial commitments related to the Starlink business are met efficiently and effectively.
Although Starlink’s Dublin operations have commenced under the guidance of a finance director, SpaceX is actively searching for a suitable physical location to house its expanding team. Initial recruitment efforts are underway, with job postings for senior accountants and finance managers in Dublin.
Starlink currently operates in more than 60 countries. Its mission is to bridge the digital divide by delivering high-speed internet to remote and underserved areas worldwide. Customers can easily purchase Starlink equipment online and subscribe to a monthly service plan, providing them with access to the satellite broadband network.
The scale of Starlink’s satellite constellation is also impressive, with over 4,000 satellites already in orbit and plans for nearly 40,000 more.
This is not SpaceX’s first engagement with Ireland. Realta, a Dublin-based space electronics firm, provided testing equipment for SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket, which has been instrumental in reducing the cost of launching payloads into orbit.