Statement of SpaceX for FCC Approval of Starlink Constellation Modification
Published: Friday, April 26, 2019
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved SpaceX's request to fly more than 1,500 of the Starlink satellites at an altitude of 550 kilometers. Additional information on the approval can be found here, and the next statement can be attributed to Gwin Sitwell, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at SpaceX:
"This approval emphasizes the FCC's trust in SpaceX's plans to deploy next-generation satellite constellations and connect people around the world with reliable and affordable broadband service. Starlink is in progress, and the first set of satellites has already arrived at the site for processing for processing. "
SpaceX is targeted not earlier than May to launch the Starlink mission.
Last year, SpaceX became the first US based company licensed by the FCC to operate with a constellation of NGSO from more than 11,000 satellites.
Earlier this year, SpaceX submitted an application to work with 1 million user terminals, as well as the first six portals to provide the necessary communication links back from satellites to the global Internet. SpaceX intends to install enough networking sites in the US and around the world to ensure that Starlink satellites have a visible earth station with which they can communicate from all parts of their orbits.
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