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SpaceX is really kicking things into high-gear with its Starlink network. The creation of this satellite constellation is central to Elon Musk’s vision of providing high-bandwidth internet access to a global market. Deployment began in earnest back in May with the launch of the first sixty Starlink satellites, with plans to launch an additional 1,584 by 2024 and 2,200 by 2027.
Until now, SpaceX’s long-term goal was to create a constellation of 12,000 satellites at altitudes ranging from 328 km to 580 km (200 to 360 mi) – based on what the FCC has approved so far. But according to recent filings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), SpaceX intends to send an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in the coming years.
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Founded by the United Nations in 1865, the ITU is a specialized agency that was created to regulate information and communication technologies and facilitating international connectivity in networks. Essentially, they are responsible for allocating portions of the global radio spectrum and satellite orbits to prevent interference and ensure communication networks are able to interconnect.
According to SpaceNews, 20 different filings were made by the FCC to the ITU on behalf of SpaceX. The filings specifically call for 1,500 satellites each, which are to be deployed at altitudes ranging from 328 km to 580 km (200 to 360 mi) in LEO. Beyond that, they provide some technical specifications (like frequency usage) but do not state when SpaceX hopes to launch the satellites. SpaceX explained this latest filing in a statement to SpaceNews:
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“As demand escalates for fast, reliable internet around the world, especially for those where connectivity is non-existent, too expensive...
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