SpaceX obtains approval to launch an additional 7518 space internet satellites

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized SpaceX to deploy more than 7,000 satellites.

Satellite communications have been in use for decades but Internet access through the technology is slow and expensive, largely because the satellites responsible for ferrying data to and from the ground orbit are at great distances from the earth, increasing lag.

FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai said, "I'm excited to see what these services might promise and what these proposed constellations have to offer".

Something to look forward to: SpaceX's Project Starlink could provide reliable Internet access to parts of the globe that have been cut off from the outside world due to a lack of competitive access (or access at all). The project would cost United States dollars 10 billion to develop, and SpaceX aims a fully operational constellation by the mid-2020s.

Elon Musk's SpaceX won permission to deploy more than 7,000 satellites, far more than all operating spacecraft now aloft, from USA regulators who also moved to reduce a growing risk from space debris as skies grow more crowded. However, last week, SpaceX requested permission to change the orbit height substantially to just 550km.

When it comes to satellites in geostationary orbits, their end-of-life option is to go farther from Earth to a "graveyard orbit" 200 miles (300 kilometers) further away. The FCC granted OneWeb access to the USA market in 2017, and OneWeb's first satellites could be launched from Arianespace's spaceport in French Guiana as early as next February.

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This constellation of 11,943 satellites- weighing between 220 and 1,100 pounds- will form the expansive Starlink broadband network.

When satellites run out of fuel, they can no longer maintain their precise orbit, rendering them useless even if their hardware is still intact.

In its proposal approved Thursday, SpaceX says it plans to launch 7,518 satellites that would operate at altitudes ranging from 205 to 215 miles above the Earth.

CEO Elon Musk has said the proposed satellite constellation could provide cheaper internet access, especially in more rural areas that are hard to service through land-based networks.

"While there are still issues to be explored, including communications with [Earth stations in motion] and orbital debris, and policy calls that we may not have gotten quite right, such as how we handle in-line interference, the commission continues to take necessary steps to allow investment and future deployment of these ambitious projects", O'Rielly said. The company already has permission to launch 4425 Satellite.

A small Japanese company founded in 2013, Astroscale, is developing a system to approach and capture space debris and broken satellites. If the SpaceX is able to launch all the proposed satellites to space, the number will increase six-fold.

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