SpaceX already has the authority to place 12,000 internet satellites in low orbit, and in May 2019, it launched its first 60 deployments. Now we will release 30,000 more.
It's part of SpaceX's ambitious $ 10 billion Starlink project to create a system that can deliver affordable broadband to regions around the world where Internet connectivity is currently unreliable, too expensive or nonexistent. More and more companies like Amazon and Facebook are working on similar projects.
SpaceX, led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, e-mailed the digital trend: “Responsibly expanding the total network capacity and data density of the StarLink, taking steps to meet growing user demand. Yes, "he said by e-mail.
Massive Deployment… Perhaps
SpaceNews has submitted documents to the Space Communication Alliance (ITU) this week to successfully achieve its 42,000 satellite launch target.
The application contains 20 files (files for 1,500 satellites each) and follows standard procedures submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of the company wishing to distribute them.
As SpaceNews pointed out, the latest request approved by the ITU does not mean that SpaceX will build and deploy all 42,000 proposed satellites, but the green light will open the way for future launches whenever needed.
When everything is planned, it is expected to take several years for the deployment to complete. Only hundreds are expected to be released in the next 12 months, with 12,000 satellites deployed by the mid-2020s.
SpaceX is expected to test its Internet service in northern United States and Canada using satellites before "quickly expanding" to other parts of the United States early next year.
Starlink's first step is to gradually deploy 4,425 Internet satellites in low Earth orbits and then an additional 7,518 satellites in low orbits.
Those on higher orbits maintain altitudes between 1,110 km (690 miles) and 1,325 km (823 miles) and serve as the backbone of Starlink broadband services, while those on lower orbits are 208 miles (24 miles) It is used to increase altitude (335 km) and 346 km (215 miles) and lower latency, which is especially important in densely populated areas.
But not everyone is behind an effort to transfer high-speed Internet from space. Astronomers fear that too many sun-reflecting satellites in low orbit can affect their ability to see the universe clearly.