The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Tuesday it had voted to approve SpaceX’s plan to deploy some Starlink satellites lower than planned as part of its efforts to offer space-based broadband.
To Elon Musk SpaceX he had asked FCC approving the flight of 2,824 lower-orbit satellites as part of a plan to provide high-speed broadband Internet services to people who do not currently have access.
The change in altitude will improve space safety, reduce power density emissions to improve the interference environment and reduce “elevation angles to improve the customer experience,” SpaceX told the FCC.
The FCC’s decision to grant the approval, which Reuters announced earlier Tuesday, includes a number of conditions to ensure the safety of the plan.
“SpaceX operations at lower altitudes and significant maneuverability should lead to a lower risk of collision and an improved orbital debris environment,” the FCC said.
The FCC also said that SpaceX agrees to accept that their satellites at lower altitudes may encounter interference from satellites located below On Amazon Satellite project of Kuiper Systems.
In July, Amazon said it would invest more than $ 10 billion (approximately 74,425 crores) to build a network of 3,236 low-Earth satellites.
Musk and Amazon have made a public debate over competing satellite plans.
Amazon praised the FCC’s order to set “clear conditions for SpaceX, including requiring it to remain below 580 km and accept additional interference resulting from its redesign. These conditions meet our core concerns regarding space safety and interference.”
SpaceX, which plans to eventually deploy a total of 12,000 satellites, said the constellation Starlink would previously cost about $ 10 billion (approximately 74,425 crores).
Although extremely expensive to deploy, satellite technology can provide high-speed Internet for people living in rural or difficult-to-maintain areas where fiber optic cables and cell towers are in short supply. Technology can also be a critical brake when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communication.
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