SpaceX has received the green light from the FCC to build a network of thousands of satellites that provide the globe with broadband. And you will not have to wait long – on a cosmic scale anyway. Part of the agreement is that SpaceX will launch half of its planned 4,425 satellites within six years.
The approval of the SpaceX application was not a seriously dubious US company authorized to launch a constellation like this, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's memorandum, which looked forward to the first month's prospect ,
"I have asked my colleagues to support me in supporting this application and to use the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans," he wrote at the time. He is really pushing this "digital divide". Not that Elon Musk disagrees:
SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell reiterated the sentiment in a statement to TechCrunch:
We appreciate the FCC's thorough review and approval of the SpaceX constellation license. Although we still have much to do with this complex project, this is an important step towards SpaceX in building a next generation satellite network that can connect the globe to reliable and affordable broadband services, especially to those who are not yet connected.
The proposed service, called Starlink, was rejected by several existing satellite operators, such as OneWeb and Spire. You are justifiably concerned that another space operator – especially one who wants to launch thousands of satellites – will fly over both spectrum and orbit.
OneWeb, for example, said SpaceX satellites should not be allowed to be deployed within 125 kilometers of their own altitude. You want to avoid interference, but it's really too much to ask for a 150-mile buffer zone around your equipment.
One objection that bore water, however, was the demand for a comprehensive orbital interruption plan. 19659007] The unprecedented number of satellites proposed by SpaceX and the other [non-geostationary orbit fixed-satellite service] systems in this processing round will require further evaluation of the corresponding reliability standards of these spacecraft as well as the reliability of spacecraft desorption methods.
So SpaceX will have to submit more studies when it completes and launches its designs.
And that has to be pretty soon. To speed things up, SpaceX must be in a hurry with the FCC, or it may need to be re-authorized:
SpaceX must launch 50 percent of the maximum number of proposed space stations and place them on the assigned orbits and operate them according to station authorization at the latest on March 29, 2024.
The company has already launched trial versions of the satellites, but the entire constellation needs to leak more than two at a time.  The Falcon 9, which carries SpaceX's Starlink satellites, launches on February 22
Commissioner Rosenworcel also called for a general overhaul of commercial space regulations in a separate statement.
"This rush to develop new space options requires new rules," she writes. "Despite the revolutionary activity in our atmosphere, the legal framework we rely on to be outdated has become obsolete, and all over the world we need to prepare for the proliferation of satellites in our higher regions. In short, we have work to do do it. "