The Earth's orbital space is filled with thousands of satellites, probes, grounders, cargo craft, spacecraft and space station flight elements – approximately 8,500, as reported in April by the United Nations Office of Space. This litter of outer space on Earth has been going on since October 4, 1957, when the first Sputnik satellite launched Russia, known as the USSR.
Now SpaceX has applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for spectrum editing for another 30,000 Starlink satellites. This is in addition to the 12,000 StarLink satellites already approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (CCC).
On behalf of SpaceX, CCC submitted 20 fills of 1,500 satellites for each fill to ITU for various low Earth orbits. This was confirmed by ITU on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 to SpaceNews.
Last May, SpaceX deployed its first 60 satellites to Starlink, and its plans are to launch potentially over a thousand next year.
ITU is a United Nations entity and coordinates the orbital spectrum internationally. Orbital spectrum is orbiting satellites and is used by service providers to deliver satellite telecommunications, broadcasting and meteorological services.
The coordination of the ITU orbital spectrum helps to prevent signal interference and hogging by satellite operators in the orbital space. Each country must submit submissions from its national operators on behalf of its country's satellite operators.
All this is done to provide faster internet services to consumers and internet users, as well as to cover all areas of the country with telecommunication services with information technology (IT) and data streams.
However, just because SpaceX has submitted 30,000 more Starlink satellites does not mean that everyone will be approved. Submissions are an early step in deploying the satellite system. These submissions are often made years in advance before a company even plans to build a launch aircraft.
SpaceX will be required to reveal more details about its satellite constellations closer to launch in order to gain FCC approval to bid on broadband services in the US, as it did last May, when it launched its 12,000 with, 000 stars on satellites.
SpaceX submissions for an additional 30,000 satellites reveal that they would operate at low altitudes on Earth in orbit ranging from 328 kilometers to 580 kilometers.
All this is being done to meet the growth of the expected needs of the Internet user, especially with the upcoming 5G network that offers lightning speed data streaming.