Plan of SpaceX For Satellite-Provided Internet Receives FCC Approval

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The plan of SpaceX for a global wireless internet network that will be provided by 4,425 satellites has been given approval by the FCC. The Starlink proposal that is estimated to be worth approximately $10 billion calls for the said satellites to launch in two phases between the period of 2019 and 2024, then fly within 714 and 823 miles above the surface of the Earth providing a connection of 1 Gbps. The commissioners voted 5-0 to approve, with the said plan following similar requests that were made by Space Norway, Telesat, and OneWeb.

Gwynne Shotwell, the president of SpaceX, has released a statement regarding the matter. She said: “Although we still have much to do with this complex undertaking, this is an important step toward SpaceX building a next-generation satellite network that can link the globe with reliable and affordable broadband service, especially reaching those who are not yet connected.”

There are still a number of issues to figure out, such as the exact process for dealing with the debris in space, the interference with radio telescopes, and being able to manage the distance between all of the proposed networks. You will be able to read the entire opinion that was issued by the FCC here (PDF), or you can just wait for more launches of internet satellites that are scheduled to start next year.