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FCC authorizes SpaceX to launch 2,824 additional satellites into lower orbit



The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it has voted in favor of SpaceX’s plan to deploy Starlink satellites in lower Earth orbit.

The solution includes a number of security conditions. Thus, some concerns raised by the satellite project Kuiper Systems have been removed. According to the FCC, SpaceX has agreed to possible interference from Kuiper Systems because “SpaceX satellites operate at lower altitudes potentially making SpaceX more susceptible to interference.”

In addition, the FCC believes that “SpaceX’s low-altitude flights and significant maneuverability should result in a reduced risk of collisions and an improved orbital debris environment.”

SpaceX, created by Elon Musk, has asked the FCC for permission to launch 2,824 additional satellites into a lower orbit as part of its broadband internet plan. In total, SpaceX plans to deploy 12,000 satellites. The cost of deploying the Starlink constellation is estimated at approximately $ 10 billion.

The Kuiper Systems project envisages the creation of a network of 3236 satellites in low-earth orbit, which will provide high-speed broadband Internet access.

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