SpaceX to Launch Satellites for Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to play a crucial role in enhancing Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite feature, initially introduced with the iPhone 14 series. This significant development follows a partnership between Globalstar, Apple’s associate, and SpaceX, as detailed in the company’s federal filing.
According to reports by Nola, Globalstar has committed to paying a total of $64 million in “launch-related payments on a periodic basis” to SpaceX. These payments will continue until all the satellites are successfully launched, a milestone expected to be achieved by 2025, as outlined in their agreement.
The Emergence of Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite
Apple introduced the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature with the iPhone 14 series, and it is poised to extend its reach with the impending launch of the iPhone 15 models this month. This innovative feature is designed to provide assistance to stranded users in select regions who find themselves in emergencies and lack cellular service.
The collaboration with SpaceX marks a significant step in expanding the capabilities of this life-saving feature.
“SpaceX has consistently demonstrated its prowess in spacecraft manufacturing and launching, making them an ideal partner for this endeavor,” said an Apple spokesperson.
SpaceX, founded by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, is renowned for its expertise in spacecraft manufacturing and successful satellite launches.
The Satellite Acquisition
Nola’s report reveals that Globalstar acquired these satellites in February 2022 from the Canadian company ‘Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates Corp.’ The acquisition came at a price tag of $327 million, with Apple providing a substantial loan of $252 million to facilitate the purchase.
This collaboration between Globalstar and SpaceX is not the first of its kind. In the past, SpaceX has assisted Globalstar in launching satellites for various purposes, including missions at Florida’s Cape Canaveral.
It remains to be seen whether the increasing number of satellites will extend the coverage of the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature beyond the regions currently served, which include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and France. Alternatively, it may simply be a routine effort to ensure the seamless operation of this critical service.
Apple’s Upcoming Launch Event
In related news, Apple has officially announced that it will unveil its highly anticipated iPhone 15 series on September 12. The tech giant’s event is expected to introduce a range of new products, including:
- The iPhone 15
- The iPhone 15 Plus
- The iPhone 15 Pro
- The iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra
- The new Apple Watch Series 9
- The second-generation Apple Watch Ultra
This event promises to be a significant moment for Apple enthusiasts, as the company showcases its latest innovations and sets the stage for the future of its mobile and wearable technology.
As SpaceX and Apple join forces to enhance the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature, it is clear that technological advancements continue to shape the landscape of emergency services and connectivity, offering users greater peace of mind in times of need.