31st March 2018 by James Ayre
SpaceX has now been formally approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop its previously announced global broadband satellite network, the Government
As in issued a public statement on the subject: "This is the first approval of a US licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of near-Earth satellite technologies."
What does this have to do with cleantech? Well, the broadband satellite plans clearly represent an important part of SpaceX's and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's larger plans for both companies.
As noted by many industry observers (and a significant number of commentators), this seems likely to be SpaceX and Tesla will eventually merge together in some way. The reality today is that companies share some services where synergies are possible ̵
For example, a SpaceX satellite communications network would allow Tesla to reduce or eliminate its dependency on traditional carriers – with all new Tesla vehicles possibly receiving their Internet services via satellite instead. There are many other possibilities.
Reuters Delivers More: "The system proposed by SpaceX, known as Space Exploration Holdings, will use 4,425 satellites, the FCC said. … The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that SpaceX is on The rocket will carry a communications satellite, "the FAA said.
" The FCC said SpaceX had been given the authority to use frequencies in the Ka frequency bands (20 / 30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz). Musk, who is also the founder and CEO of electric car maker Tesla Inc., said in 2015 that SpaceX was planning to launch a satellite Internet business that would finance a future city on Mars.
"SpaceX Wanted One" The global communications system Musk compared to "rebuilding the Internet in space" would be faster than traditional Internet connections.
These are certainly great plans that may or may not be realized, but a degree of communication independence seems likely for SpaceX and Tesla in the not-too-distant future.