27th April – The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it votes the approve a SpaceX intention to install several Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit. Which was earlier planned as a portion of its push to extend space-based broadband internet.
CEO of SpaceX – Elon Musk asks FCC for approval to take the flight of 2,824 satellites at a lower orbit. Considering this as a portion of the plan to offer high-speed broadband internet services to individuals who presently lack accessibility.
SpaceX tells FCC that the variation in the altitude improves the following:
- Security in space
- Reduction in power flux density emissions, this in order to increase the interference environment
- Lower elevation angles so that there is an improvement in the customer experience
The FCC’s decision to permit the consent, which reports earlier on Tuesday, comprises a number of conditions to safeguard the plan’s wellbeing and security. In reply, FCC says, “SpaceX’s missions at lower altitudes and substantial mobility should effect in lower collision hazard and an enhanced orbital debris atmosphere.”
The FCC also mentions that SpaceX is in consent of accepting that their lower-altitude satellites might face interference from satellites installed under Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.
In July Amazon mentions of investment of over $10 billion (roughly INR 74,425 crores) in order to create a network of 3,236 low-earth orbit satellites. Musk and Amazon argue publicly over the contending satellite intends.
Amazon applauds the FCC decision for putting “clear conditions on SpaceX. This includes requirements that it persists below 580km and admit additional interference subsequent to its redesign. These conditions focus on our key concerns regarding space security and intrusion.”
SpaceX, which intends to ultimately install 12,000 satellites in total. Mentions earlier the Starlink constellation will cost it approximately $10 billion (around INR 74,425 crores).
While very expensive to install, satellite technology can offer high-speed Internet for individuals who reside in rural or hard-to-serve places. This is where fiber optic cables and cell towers are not accessible. The technology can also be a crucial backstop when storms or other natural disasters interrupt communication.