FCC approves SpaceX’s Starlink constellation


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Capitalism in space: The FCC has approved SpaceX’s revised plan for its Starlink satellite constellation designed to provide global internet access.

SpaceX already had authorization for 4,425 Starlink satellites that would use Ku- and Ka-band radio spectrum to beam internet data, but last November, the company asked the FCC to sign off on a plan that would put more than a third of the satellites in 550-kilometer-high (340-mile-high) orbits rather than the previously approved 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) orbits.

Eventually, SpaceX plans to add another wave of more than 7,500 satellites in even lower orbits to enhance the constellation’s coverage.

They hope to begin launching their first set of satellites by May, and begin commercial operations as early as 2021.

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  • Col Beausabre

    “When we hang the last capitalists, they will sell us the rope”. Unfortunately, Bob, there are always those whose wish to make money makes them morally and ethically blind and so indifferent to the consequences of their actions that they will find ways to get around any sanctions. Why do you think Wall Street pays people in their twenties who have graduated from the top law schools six figure salaries ? Because they are expected to be clever at coming up with ways of violating the spirit of the law while not technically violating it.

  • Col Beausabre

    Sorry, this was meant for the thread on US financial support for Chinese rocket firms.

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