Sanjay Bhargava steps down from his position at SpaceX
Sanjay Bhargava, SpaceX’s Starlink India country director has stepped down from his position at the Elon Musk-led satellite internet company.
“I have stepped down as Country Director and Chairman of the Board of Starlink India for personal reasons. My last working days was December 31, 2021. I will have no comments for individuals and media so please respect my privacy,” said Bhargava in a LinkedIn post.
For the Indian citizens who had pre-booked the company’s satellite broadband internet service, Starlink had also started refunding the USD 99 deposit it had collected.
When Bhargava joined the company in September he said he will be focusing on a pilot project in 10 rural Lok Sabha constituencies first before rolling out the service in the rest of the country.
Designed to deliver high-speed internet to remote regions of the world, SpaceX made headlines in 2019 when it launched a ‘constellation’ of low earth orbit satellites (LEO).
To realise its goal of creating a ‘mega-constellation’ of 30,000 satellites that will bring the internet to all parts of the world, the company has been busy launching these satellites in batches of 60. LEO satellites orbit between 500 and 2000 km unlike regular satellites that orbit around 36,000 kilometres above the earth. Without laying down the expensive network cable infrastructure, this technology makes it possible for people living in remote regions to access almost broadband speed internet.
Including the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and others currently Starlink services more than 14 countries. In a tweet, Elon Musk had mentioned that the license applications are pending in many countries.
In November last year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX registered Starlink Satellite Communications a fully owned subsidiary in India. Starlink country director Sanjay Bhargava and Anand Prasad were the signatories in the country.