SpaceX looks to rule space with 30,000 more satellites

CNET | 10/15/2019 | Eric Mack
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This image of a distant galaxy group from Arizona's Lowell Observatory is marred by diagonal lines from the trails of Starlink satellites shortly after their launch in May.

If Elon Musk's rocket company succeeds in its grand vision to blanket Earth with broadband internet raining down from the heavens, space could eventually be swarming with SpaceX's Starlink satellites.

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The Federal Communications Commission has filed paperwork with the International Telecommunications Union for the operation of 30,000 small satellites in low-Earth orbits.

And away they go... The first batch of Starlink satellites make it to space.

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ITU Chief of Space Services Alexandre Vallet, confirmed to CNET that the FCC submitted 20 filings of 1,500 satellites each on SpaceX's behalf.

The ITU is an arm of the United Nations that allocates global spectrum and satellite orbits to help keep our complex communication networks running smoothly. Each country's regulators file on behalf of their satellite companies and operators, which is why the filings came via the FCC rather than from SpaceX.

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The filings come in addition to the 12,000 Starlink satellites previously approved by the FCC. Yes, you did the math right: SpaceX would like to ultimately be able to operate up to 42,000 satellites.

In case you're wondering how many...
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