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Elon Musk plans to build a global Internet

Elon Musk plans to build a global Internet

The FCC today authorized SpaceX to construct, deploy and operate a very-low-Earth orbit constellation of more than 7,000 satellites using V-band frequencies.

SpaceX has gotten the permission it needs to launch more than 7,000 satellites into orbit as part of its enormous Starlink constellation.

The company's Starlink program is created to use satellites at a much lower orbit in order to improve internet connectivity on the ground, even in rural and remote places with little to no internet access.

"I'm excited to see what services these proposed constellations have to offer", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in an email statement to ZDNet's sister site CNET. Our approach to these applications reflects this Commission's fundamental approach: "encourage the private sector to invest and innovate and allow market forces to deliver value to American consumers", he advised. The project is expected to cost $10 billion to develop, and SpaceX aims to have the constellation operational by the mid-2020s, the Verge reported.

On Monday, its payloads expanded with the launch of 71 probes for various enterprises on Falcon 9 rocket-"SmallSat Express". Furthermore, the also Canada-licensed Telesat system was given a green light for high-speed, low-latency communication services in the United States via its proposed constellation of NGSO satellites. In November 2018, the FCC approved the requests of four companies-Space Exploration Holdings, LLC (SpaceX), Kepler Communications, Inc. Existing satellites that provide Internet services are as high up as 22,000 miles, whereas Musk's "space internet" satellites have a dramatically reduced lag time thanks to their closer orbiting range.

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A successful landing would be the second for this particular first stage, which also helped launch the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite this past July. It also proposed a regulatory framework for non-geostationary orbit satellites to communicate with earth stations, with rules similar to those for traditional satellites.

Based in Washington DC, LeoSat is now working with Thales Alenia Space for the low-earth-orbit constellation of Ka-band communications satellites.

As a result of the space junk issue, the FCC asked SpaceX to submit debris mitigation plans. The company is building its satellites in-house. Right now there are fewer than 2,000 operating satellites...

Starlink's novelty has inspired the Pentagon, too, which seeks to pioneer a generation of cheap, disposable, lightweight satellites through its Blackjack program, spearheaded by the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Sputnik reported. The 16-year-old company is best known for sending heavy commercial loads into orbit with reusable rockets that have changed the dynamics and financials of how the largest rockets in the world are deployed.