US federal officials have deployed a team of 11,943 satellites as space space spacecraft to expand access to the high-speed Internet connection over the next decade.
The constellation SpaceX multiplies the number of satellites currently rotating around the world so that it does not count other companies' competing projects, including OneWeb, with 900 satellites.
Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, more than 8,000 objects, four of which are still in orbit, have been launched into space, according to the United Nations Office for Outdoors Affairs. But according to the US Army record, it will be less than 2,000.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that this company allowed the launch of 7.518 satellite by SpaceX in addition to 4,425 objects already approved by the same company in March.
None of these satellites are initialized. SpaceX has six years to place half of the orbit and nine for the total, according to the FCC rules.
SpaceX wants to run the majority of this constellation in a very low orbit: between 335 and 356 km in height, allowing a very short communication time between satellites and the Internet user on Earth.
In a tweet in May, SpaceX & # 39; s owner, Elon Musk, said the two test satellites launched in February were enough time for two-speed video games, according to him.
However, this low altitude is difficult to maintain and small satellites usually have a short lifetime of several years.
The FCC also authorized other companies to launch hundreds of satellites: Kepler (140 satellites), Telesat (117 satellites) and LeoSat (78 satellites).