Elon Musk’s SpaceX Gets Approval Deploying 7000+ Internet Satellites

Saul Franklin
November 18, 2018

It was the first time a US-licensed satellite constellation got approved to provide broadband coverage using "a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies", the FCC said.

SpaceX wasn't alone in obtaining permission to launch new satellites.

Finally, LeoSat's 78 satellite system, which will operate under the ITU filings of France and a planned authorization from the Netherlands, was also approved.

Alan Musk's company Space-X will install 12,000 satellites in the orbit of the Earth in the next nine years.

Having received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in March to launch more than 4,000 satellites, SpaceX was waiting on the government body to again approve the next batch of satellites that will make up its enormous Starlink fleet of nearly 12,000 spacecraft. Unlike SpaceX, these three satellite systems would get their primary approvals from foreign governments, but they still need FCC approval for access to the United States market. At this height, SpaceX predicts that its broadband network's latencies would be as low as 25 ms, like with cable or fiber systems today.

SpaceX has gotten the permission it needs to launch more than 7,000 satellites into orbit as part of its enormous Starlink constellation.

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"Our approach to these applications reflects this commission's fundamental approach to encourage the private sector to invest and to innovate and allow market forces to deliver value to American consumers".

What potential problems do you think Elon Musk's broadband satellites would present to Earth? However, the FCC turned down the request, citing that SpaceX has not provided sufficient grounds for the final implementation milestone requirement to be waived.

Starlink is aiming to provide internet access anywhere on the globe via an array of low earth orbit satellites deployed at altitudes ranging from 715 to 823 miles. Apart from this, SpaceX has also filed a revised plan adding more than 1500 satellites operating at an altitude of 550km.

None of the satellites has launched yet. To prevent the orbital debris, the FCC soon will come up with the rules for the satellite industry. The first batch will orbit at around 700 miles up, but the second, larger batch will be very close to the Earth: only 200 miles above our heads, Ars Technica noted. Since then, eight thousand objects have been sent to the world in space since then.

The number of satellites orbiting Earth from all nations stood at 1,886 in August, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists policy group.

"Taken together, these changes are meant to ensure that the United States remains the most desirable country in the world for licensing and operating satellites", said FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

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