The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, is a person with great ambitions and among his plans is to create a satellite network in space to spread the Internet over the Internet. Now this big project has made one step closer to realization.
As in other Ars Technica reports, SpaceX has recently received approval from the FCC, representing US communication authorities, to send 7518 broadband satellites to space.
Second stage of approval
Musk and SpaceX have already been approved for the launch of 4425 satellites that took place this spring, and with this new approval, the rest of the project has gained a green light.
The FCC writes that SpaceX now has the flexibility to support a wide range of broadband and communications services for both private and commercial / professional users around the world in a press release related to the new approval.
The recently received 7518 satellites are the so-called VLEO satellites, which will fly around 335-346 kilometers above the Earth. They will use the band 37.5-42 GHz to return from the room to the back door and 47.2 to 50.2 GHz for communications going the other way.
The pre-approved 4425 satellites will be higher at altitudes of 1110 to 1325 kilometers.
One gigabits per second
The satellites will use the so-called phased array solution, which means that the antennas can "control" the beams to focus on where it is most, with small ground-based receivers that can continuously track satellites.
SpaceX has previously said that a satellite system called Starlink will be able to deliver one gigabyte per second of bandwidth to one end-user after it's in place and optimized.
The idea behind the project is to provide users with greater opportunities for high-speed internet and to distribute the network in several parts of the world, including areas where other infrastructure is poorly developed.
As reported by Reuters last month, SpaceX plans to broadcast satellites at various stages until 2024, but aims to use the system until 2020. The way we benefit from the project is still evident.
Facebook has also tried to arrange a similar project on foot, then with drones, not satellites, but this option was released this summer.
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