Tesla and SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, is a man with big ambitions and a satellite-based network in space to spread the Internet among his plans. Now this big project is one step closer to realization.
In addition to other Ars Technica reports, SpaceX recently received approval for launching 7518 broadband satellites from FCC, representing US communications officials.
Second round of approval
Musk and SpaceX have already received approval for the publication of 4425 satellites this spring and the rest of the project has received green light with this new approval.
In a press release on the new approval, FCC writes that SpaceX now provides the flexibility to support a wide range of broadband and communications services for both private and commercial / professional users.
The recently adopted 7518 satellites are very low earth orbit (VLEO) satellites with a height between 335 and 346 kilometers around the Earth. They will use the 37,5 – 42 GHz frequency band for communication from the room to the rear stations and 47.2 – 50.2 GHz for the other direction communication.
The previously approved 4425 satellite constellations will be between 1110 and 1325 kilometers high.
One gigabit per second
The satellites will use a series of pseudo-phased solutions, which means that the antennas can "control" the rays to intensify the areas with the greatest need, with small receivers that can continuously monitor the satellites.
SpaceX has previously said that the satellite system, called Starlink, can deliver and optimize bandwidth per end user.
The idea of the project is to offer users more choice over the Internet at high speed and to spread the network to more parts of the world, including areas where the other infrastructure is poorly developed.
As Reuters reported last month, SpaceX plans to publish satellites at different stages, including up to and including 2024, but the purpose is for the system to be used in 2020. We will also take full advantage of the project.
Facebook has also tried to stack a similar project on its legs, then with the drones instead of satellites, but this attempt fell on this summer.
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