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SpaceX satellite network gets US approval

SpaceX has already launched founder Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster into space – and aims to follow it with more than 4,000 satellites SpaceX has already launched founder Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster into space – and aims to follow it with more than 4,000 satellites

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that it has approved SpaceX’s application to provide satellite broadband services in the United States and across the world, paving the way for the company to proceed with its plans for a global Ka and Ku-band network called Starlink.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The application approved by the FCC grants authority to SpaceX to use frequencies in the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands for a proposed satellite system comprising  4,425 satellites in 83 orbital planes, at an approximate altitude of 1,110 to 1,325 kilometres.

This is the first approval of a US-licensed satellite constellation using new generation low-Earth orbit satellite technologies, FCC says. Over the past year, the Commission has approved requests by OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat to access the United States market to provide broadband services over satellite, and it notes that it continues to process other, similar requests.

SpaceX has already launched two prototype Starlink satellites into orbit for testing, as an additional payload alongside Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite which was launched in late February using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The initial proposed Starlink constellation of more than 4,000 satellites would more than double the total number of operating satellites in orbit today, which currently stands at approximately 1,800.{/mprestriction}

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