Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11943 broadband satellites

FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11943 broadband satellites

These 12,000 satellites would join two prototype satellites launched by SpaceX earlier this year.

The FCC gave SpaceX approval the next month for its first 4,400 satellites.

Based in Washington DC, LeoSat is now working with Thales Alenia Space for the low-earth-orbit constellation of Ka-band communications satellites.

The FCC approved SpaceX for a very-low-Earth orbit constellation of more than 7,000 satellites using V-band frequencies. Unlike SpaceX, these three satellite systems would get their primary approvals from foreign governments, but they still need FCC approval for access to the U.S. market.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports SpaceX got the approval on Thursday allowing the space exploration company entrepreneur, Elon Musk to use an expanded range of wireless airwaves to deliver cheap, high-speed Internet access from space.

With up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites in the constellation LeoSat is the first company to have all the High Throughput Satellites (HTS) in the constellation interconnected through laser links, creating an optical backbone in space which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones and without the need for any terrestrial touchpoints. Once operational, the constellation will provide high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for business operations in the Enterprise, Telecoms, Energy, Maritime, Government and global business markets.

The proposal considers whether changes to satellite designs are needed, as well as improvements in the way companies dispose of outdated satellites. However, SpaceX will have to launch half (around 6000) satellites and all the satellites in nine years over the next six years.

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. But the FCC denied the request, saying that "SpaceX has not provided sufficient grounds for a waiver of the Commission's final implementation milestone requirement".

All four companies are looking to develop non-geostationary orbit satellites, also known as low Earth orbit (LEO) or nano satellites. To prevent the orbital debris, the FCC soon will come up with the rules for the satellite industry.

"Orbital debris objects greater than one centimeter in diameter can cause catastrophic damage to functional spacecraft", the said.

In a statement, FCC chair Ajit Pai said: "I'm excited to see what these services might promise and what these proposed constellations have to offer".

Tesla's proposed constellation represents a massive increase in total satellites orbiting the Earth.

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