June 23, 2018

SpaceX promises out of this world Internet

15 February 2018, 04:14 | Taylor George

The SpaceX logo at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida US

The SpaceX logo at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida US

"SpaceX's application - along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the USA market for non-geostationary satellite orbit systems - involves one such innovation", Pai said. The satellite pair, dubbed Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, will deploy at the same 511-kilometer altitude of Hisdesat's PAZ, then rise to a 1,125-kilometer orbit to test technology for a constellation of some 4,500 broadband satellites.

Over the past year, the FCC has approved requests by OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat to access the USA market to provide broadband services using satellite technology that, the FCC said, 'holds promise to expand Internet access in remote and rural areas across the country'.

The FCC has approved applications by other companies including OneWeb Satellites, which is building a satellite factory at Kennedy Space Center's Exploration Park in Florida.

Pai, the Republican FCC chief, said SpaceX's program could help "unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed internet to rural Americans". They are using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellites to blanket the areas with broadband coverage at more affordable rates than previous satellite technologies.

SpaceX itself has already launched dozens of communications satellites for companies like Iridium. OneWeb is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, but was first licensed in the United Kingdom.

WASHINGTON-A top federal regulator on Wednesday recommended approving Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s plan to provide internet service through huge arrays of earth-orbiting satellites, in a move that could expand broadband availability across the USA and beyond. There were earlier reports suggesting that SpaceX will launch the satellites in 2019.

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