Menu
Google, Fidelity invest $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX

Google, Fidelity invest $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX

Google and Fidelity now jointly own just under 10 percent of SpaceX

A Space X Falcon rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida on April 18, 2013

A Space X Falcon rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida on April 18, 2013

Google and SpaceX could be joining forces to beam the Internet from the sky after Google and Fidelity Investments together invested US$1 billion in Elon Musk's space venture.

Previous reports had said Google itself had invested roughly $1 billion in SpaceX, Musk's company that designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft. SpaceX has been looking to develop micro-satellites to provide Internet access, while Google has developed its own technologies like balloons to provide Internet service to underserved regions of the world.

Google and Fidelity now collectively own just under 10 percent of SpaceX, the Hawthorne, California-based company said Tuesday. The companies did not disclose what portion of the funding came from Google.

"This funding will be used to support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, resusability, and satellite manufacturing," SpaceX said.

"Space-based applications, like imaging satellites, can help people more easily access important information, so we're excited to support SpaceX's growth as it develops new launch technologies," Google said in a statement.

Fidelity made the investment on behalf of its mutual funds, a spokesman said via email. The company will identify the funds and the size of the investment in Fidelity's next monthly disclosure of funds holdings, he said.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags internetGoogleInternet-based applications and servicesTelephony/conferencingInternet service providersSpaceXFidelity

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments