The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s project to launch four thousand four hundred and twenty-five satellites that will cover the world with the broadband network. Part of the agreement states that SpaceX will launch half of these satellites in 2024, in six years. The fact that the FCC approves SpaceX is hardly surprising.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, had shown his enthusiasm for the prospect that a US company could have the privilege of launching such a satellite network.
According to Gwynne Shotwell, Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX, the approval of the FCC constellation license and its extensive review of the project is an important step for Space X.
The primary goal of the Starlink project will be to provide a state-of-the-art satellite network capable of connecting the world to an affordable and reliable broadband network service.
Broadband network coverage with global reach
This service is intended to allow anyone residing in any country in the world to connect to the internet. Nevertheless, the Starlink project encountered some obstacles before having a favorable opinion from the FCC. Some satellite operators opposed this deployment.
Spire and OneWeb are part of it. These operators have argued that SpaceX satellites may clutter the orbit and spectrum. According to the operator OneWeb, the deployment of these satellites should not be allowed at an altitude less than one hundred and twenty-five kilometers to avoid interference. It requires that a buffer zone be established around each satellite.
FCC press SpaceX
Another thorny issue raised by these satellite operators is the orbital debris that these SpaceX satellites are likely to generate. This deployment of several thousand satellites is an unprecedented project until now. According to these operators, this requires a broad plan to reduce orbital debris.
Despite the fact that SpaceX has to do more studies on the subject, the FCC urges it to implement its project as soon as possible, at the risk of having to request a new authorization.
The start-up will have to launch half of the Starlink satellites by 29 March 2024 at the latest. SpaceX will have to launch these satellites on the space stations planned for this purpose, put them into orbit and operate them.