The FCC this week unanimously approved SpaceX’s ambitious plan to launch 7,518 satellites into low-Earth orbit.
These satellites, along with 4,425 previously approved satellites, will serve as the backbone for the company’s proposed Starlink broadband network.
As it does with most of its projects, SpaceX is thinking big with its global broadband network.
SpaceX plans initially to launch 4,425 Starlink satellites into a low-Earth orbit followed by an additional 7,518 satellite at an even lower orbit.
FCC rules require SpaceX to launch 50 percent of its proposed satellites within six years and all of them within nine years unless a waiver is granted.
These new SpaceX satellites will increase the number of active satellites six-fold in less than a decade.
As part of its approval, the FCC requires SpaceX to have a debris mitigation plan to keep the space junk problem from getting worse. »