The Federal Communications Commission today approved the proposed revisions of SpaceX in its plan to put thousands of low-orbit satellites on Earth to provide global broadband connectivity, paving the way for launching satellites next month.
SpaceX already has the authority for 4,425 Starlink satellites that would use the Ku and Ka Band radio spectrum to emit data from the Internet, but in November last year, the company asked the FCC to sign a plan that would put more than a third from satellites in Orbit at a height of 550 kilometers (340 millimeters) instead of previously approved 1,150 kilometers (715 miles) of orbits.
Finally, SpaceX plans to add another wave of more than 7,500 satellites in even lower orbits to increase the constellation coverage.
Rival companies operating on their own constellations with low orbits, including the international consortium OneWeb and Kepler Communications, have expressed concerns about SpaceX's proposal to modify the orbital arrangement of satellites. They said that rectified orbits could increase the potential for interference in their planned communication systems. But the FCC accepted SpaceX's claims that it would avoid causing interference and reject the objections.
Other remarks focused on whether satellites of SpaceX lowered satellites that could pass through the orbit could pose a risk of collision. The FCC also accepts the beliefs of SpaceX on that issue.
"SpaceX argues that since all its satellites have a propulsion and are maneuvered to prevent collisions, they are considered to be a nuclear risk for all other satellites in this orbital region," said today's warrant and authorization. Regulators also noticed SpaceX's claims that satellites in 550-mile orbit will be released within five years due to the effects of atmospheric drag.
Gwynn Shotwell, chairman and chief operating officer of SpaceX, praised the action of the FCC in an e-mail:
"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 says the first wave of satellites will be launched into orbit from the Cape Canaveral military station in Florida no earlier than May.
The company's facility in Redmond, Washington, plays a major role in the development and production of Starlink satellites. Last year, the satellites development team went through diversion management, aimed at accelerating the multi-billion dollar project progress and continuing design reviews.
In addition to satellite permissions, SpaceX has submitted applications for up to one million user terminals, as well as the first six primary portals to provide the necessary communications links back from satellites to the global Internet. Two of these portals will be in the state of Washington, Redmond and North Bend, and telemetry, monitoring, and constellation command will be in Brurus, Washington.
SpaceX said the Starlink Starlink Starter Edition could offer quick connectivity from the 2020-2021 timeline. SpaceX is required to put half of the constellation satellites in operation by 2024. To ease this task, SpaceX sets the foundations for its super-slim star-staged star system in Texas.
Internet access security schemes overlap over the past few years. In general, SpaceX and OneWeb have made the most progress in their plans. Kepler Communications, a graduate of the 2016 Techstars start-up incubator in Seattle, focuses on connecting the Internet to things. This month, Amazon has admitted planning its own satellite broadband network, codenamed Project Kuiper. Other potential players on the market are Telesat, LeoSat, Boeing and Facebook.
The iPhone Loon and HAPSMobile, a joint venture with SoftBank Corp. and Aerovironment, highlighted a different approach to the fast-connect challenge this week when they announced co-operation to provide broadband access to high-altitude balloon and solar power plants.