SpaceX obtains permission to put over 11 thousand Internet satellites in orbit


Organization chart of the Starlink satellite network

The US Federal Communications Commission has issued a permit for SpaceX to put into orbit and start operating 7,518 communications satellites that will be used for global Internet coverage. On this he writes Aviation week. Last March SpaceX obtained a permit to place 4,449 satellites for communications in the Earth orbit. Therefore, the company can now launch 11,927 spacecraft, which will become part of the Starlink network.

The document, published by the Communications Commission, allows SpaceX to place a new batch of satellites in orbit at an altitude of 340 kilometers, 68 kilometers under the orbit of the International Space Station. The new devices will have to work in the frequency range V (40-75 GHz), which is a little used range. The satellites, for which SpaceX obtained permission in March of last year, will be able to transmit in the Ku and Ka frequency bands (12 to 18 GHz and 26.5 to 40 GHz, respectively). It is expected that these devices will be placed on 83 orbital planes at an altitude of between 1,110 and 1,325 kilometers.

In February this year SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the Spanish PAZ satellite of remote sensing from the US Air Force Vandenberg base. In addition, the company has launched its first Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b satellites, which will test the technology to create a vast network of Internet satellites. The satellites will exchange data between them and with the terminals of the Earth. From these terminals, operators will already distribute the Internet between end users.

MarĂ­a Cervantes
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