Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, at a Senate hearing in May detailed the companies plan to launch 4,425 operational satellites from 2019 to 2024 to build the broadband network.
If approved I have to wonder how ling it will take to deploy 4,425 satellites.
While I love the idea of satellite internet, one thing that they still have not overcome is latency, we will see if the team at SpaceX can solve that problem. Thank you to cageymaru for the story.
"If adopted, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies", Pai said. It would be faster than traditional internet connections, he said.
Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.
Satellite internet is nothing new, of course, and has its own considerable limitations.
SpaceX's customers include commercial satellite operators, the US space agency NASA and the USA military.
But the company's application has been criticized by competitors like the Richard Branson-backed OneWeb, which received FCC approval for its own, smaller broadband satellite constellation a year ago. He also co-founded Neuralink, which is developing technology to connect human brains with computers, and OpenAI, a nonprofit advocating for the responsible development of artificial intelligence.
The approval would be the first given to an American-based company to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies, Pai said.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 delivers telecommunications satellites to orbit that will join a constellation run by Iridium.
Pai said he'd asked his four fellow commissioners to support closely held SpaceX's application, which he said would help "unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed internet to rural Americans".
Musk said in a speech in 2015 in Seattle that SpaceX planned to launch a satellite-internet business that would help fund a future city on Mars. SpaceX has designed its system with the primary goal of providing broadband service directly to end users, particularly individual households and small businesses. That launch, already approved by the FCC, is set for Saturday in California. Though that first launch slipped by two months, OneWeb plans to begin service a year or two ahead of SpaceX and Telesat.
Telesat past year said its service would suffer interference from SpaceX's operations as proposed, and asked the FCC to deny permission.