Telset.id, Jakarta – The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX's request to launch 7,518 satellites in orbit to provide Internet services. SpaceX aims to have the mission accomplished by mid 2020.
In March 2018, the FCC also authorized SpaceX to send 4,425 satellites into space. SapceX has been granted permission to launch a satellite internet constellation called Starlink. In total, SpaceX will send more than 12,000 satellites.
Starlink is SpaceX's ambitious project to provide internet services globally from orbit. Satellites in the constellation can make synchronized movements, allowing all regions of the Earth to connect with one satellite at a time.
According The Verge, as quoted Telset.id on Sunday (11/18/2018), the project should cost $ 10 billion or no less than Rp 145 trillion. SpaceX aims to make the constellation operational by mid 2020.
In addition to SpaceX, the FCC also provided similar licenses to three other companies, Telesat, LeoSat and Kepler Communications. Based on information, Telesat wants to send 117 satellites, LeoSat 78 satellites and Kepler Communications 140 satellites into orbit.
SpaceX's satellite constellation will air in low orbit, which should reduce latency levels. A total of 7,518 SpaceX satellites that have been approved for launch will be at an altitude of 335 and 346 kilometers.
Last week, SpaceX requested permission to fly more than 1,500 satellites at an altitude of 550 kilometers. However, the permission of SpaceX has conditions. To be able to use satellite constellations, SpaceX must launch half of the total in six years. [SN/HBS]
Source: The Verge