SpaceX gets go-ahead to launch 4,425 satellites

SpaceX has got FCC approval to launch 4,425 low-orbit satellites to provide low-cost internet connectivity.

Because they fly low, the satellites will deliver faster connections than geo-stationary satellites.

The FCC said SpaceX has been given permission to use frequencies in the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands.

“This is an important step toward SpaceX building a next-generation satellite network that can link the globe with reliable and affordable broadband service, especially reaching those who are not yet connected,” says SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell.

Elon Musk has said in the past that such a service could fund his Mars colonisation plan.

See also: China plans ambitious space programme


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3 comments

  1. Not stationary, but there’s over 4,000 of them and as long as the signal can be passed from satellite to satellite, not unlike cellular technology it stands a good chance of working! Still, the logistics of launching so many satellites is quite a challenge even to Mr Musk.

  2. Low altitude satellites? for how long can they orbit?
    And are these satellites aiming directly at consumers (with a dish) or local operators/ISP?

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