The FCC submitted a total of 20 applications to the ITU, each requesting permission for 1,500 satellites in various near-Earth orbits. The company wants to place them in orbits between 204 and 360 miles, which could cause concern, according to the MIT Technology Review (19459004). Roger Thompson of the Aerospace Corporation told the publication that although this area is the cleanest, we also tend to fly manned spacecraft, including the ISS. He said that flooding the area with thousands of satellites "will affect future manned spaceflight."
The request for permission for 30,000 satellites, however, does not mean that the Starlink project will actually launch a total of 42,000. Some critics of the company believe that the submitted documents are just a trick to drown the ITU in studies, as it is about to change their rules. Regardless of whether or not this is true, submission to the ITU is only the first step in a very long process. SpaceX has seven years to launch a satellite at the frequencies it requires. He must be operated for 90 days before he loses access to the frequency rights.
The company successfully launched the first 60 Starlink satellites in orbit earlier this year. It is planned to launch 60 more this month and more in November.