SpaceX gets approval to blast over 7,000 satellites into space

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The new very-low-Earth orbit constellation of satellites will use V-band frequencies while SpaceX will now also have permission to add the 37.5-42.0 GHz, and 47.2-50.2 GHz frequency bands to its previously authorized NGSO constellation.

In a move that is expected to expand satellite Internet connectivity, the US Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted Thursday to allow SpaceX and three other companies to deploy new satellites systems.

LeoSat Enterprises was established to leverage the latest developments in satellite communications technologies to develop and launch a new low-earth-orbit satellite constellation which will provide the first commercially available, business grade, extremely high-speed and secure data service worldwide. "Our approach to these applications reflects this commission's fundamental approach: encourage the private sector to invest and innovate and allow market forces to deliver value to American consumers".

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Something to look forward to: SpaceX's Project Starlink could provide reliable Internet access to parts of the globe that have been cut off from the outside world due to a lack of competitive access (or access at all). SpaceX is expected to spend more than United States dollars 10 Million for this project with the aim of having it operational by the mid-2020s.

Space earlier this year was granted permission to launch two broadband Internet test satellites into orbit. The FCC is anxious, however, what the dramatic expansion of man-made objects in low orbit will mean for the growing problem of space junk, Sputnik reported.

The FCC has also launched a review of rules created to mitigate the accumulation of orbital debris, whether non-operational satellites or objects used to launch satellites.

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FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai said, "I'm excited to see what these services might promise and what these proposed constellations have to offer". The network of almost 12,000 orbiting transceivers will be used to power a global wireless internet service. According to those conditions, the company has to launch 50 percent of its proposed satellites within six years. There are already more than 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the Earth, traveling at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour, around 10 times the average speed of a bullet.

The race by so many companies to build new satellite constellations has many policymakers concerned about proliferating space objects. It gives concern to the FCC regarding the debris rules and other space matters issues.

Starlink's novelty has inspired the Pentagon, too, which seeks to pioneer a generation of cheap, disposable, lightweight satellites through its Blackjack program, spearheaded by the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sputnik reported. It also proposed a regulatory framework for non-geostationary orbit satellites to communicate with earth stations, with rules similar to those for traditional satellites. Right now there are fewer than 2,000 operating satellites...

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