SpaceX aims to deploy satellite-based internet services in the coming years

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX has decided to venture into the world ...


• SpaceX seeks approval for network operations from the FCC International Telecommunication Union

• SpaceX to step into the internet world to provide global broadband and communications services

• Elon Musk vows to provide high-speed, global internet coverage through massive satellite network

CALIFORNIA, U.S. - American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX has decided to venture into the world of internet.

The company, founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has proposed to operate a massive satellite network that would provide high-speed, global internet coverage, according to newly filed documents with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

On November 15, Elon Musk filed an application with supporting documents that provide details about a 4,425-satellite communications network that’s expected to provide global broadband internet access.

SpaceX is one of the few endeavors aiming to deploy satellite-based internet services over the next few years.

The project was first announced in January 2015, which Musk estimated would cost at least $10 billion. 

Back then, the company stated that it planned on having the “satellite constellation” in orbit by 2020, but the plan was reportedly postponed as it was seen as a potential threat to internet providers like Comsat and Verizon.

The latest documents that have been submitted to FCC, however, did not include cost estimates or financing plans, but it did contain technical details of the venture.

SpaceX claims that it would begin with the launch of about 800 satellites to the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FCC filings reportedly showed. 

According to the company, "The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide."

It is said reportedly that each satellite in SpaceX's planned constellation will weigh about 850 lbs (386 kg) and be roughly the size of a MINI Cooper car. 

“Once fully deployed, the SpaceX system will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service,” SpaceX confirmed, stating that the satellites will orbit at altitudes ranging from 715 miles (1,150 km) to 790 miles (1,275 km).

SpaceX still seeks approval for network operations from the FCC as well as the International Telecommunication Union. 

 

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