Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is a man of great ambition, and among his plans is the creation of a satellite network in space to spread the internet on the Internet. Now this great project has come a step closer to implementation.
As with other Ars Technica reports, SpaceX recently received approval from the FCC, which represents the US communications authorities, to send 7518 broadband satellites to space.
Second round of approval
Musk and SpaceX have already been approved for launching 4425 satellites this spring, and with this new approval, the rest of the project has now begun green light.
In the press release examining the new approval, the FCC reports that SpaceX has now provided flexibility to support a wide range of broadband and communications services for both private and commercial / professional users worldwide.
The recently adopted 7518 satellites are the so-called VLEO satellites, which will open around the Earth at a height of 335 to 346 km. They will use the 37.5 – 42 GHz frequency band for communication from room to back stations and 47.2 – 50.2 GHz for communication going in the other direction.
The previously approved constellation of 4425 satellites will be higher at an altitude of 1110 to 1325 kilometers.
One gigabit per second
The satellites will use a so-called phased array solution, which means that the antennas can "control" the bundles to gather where the need is greatest, with small terrestrial receivers that can continuously monitor the satellites.
SpaceX has previously said that the satellite system, called Starlink, will be able to provide a gigabit per second bandwidth per end user after it has been installed and optimized.
The idea of the project is to give users more opportunities on the high-speed Internet and to disseminate the network to more regions of the world, including those where the other infrastructures are not sufficiently developed.
As stated last month by Reuters, SpaceX is planning to transmit satellites in different phases up to 2024, but the goal is to use the system by 2020. We need to see how much we will benefit from the project.
Facebook also tried to place a similar work on the feet, then with drones instead of satellites, but this exercise was ranked this summer.
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