SpaceX has received official approval from the US government to launch a satellite fleet to send high-speed Internet signals to Earth.
The Decision marks an important milestone for Chief Executive Elon Musk pursues the dream of bringing 12,000 small satellites into low earth orbit connecting the rural and evolving parts of the world to the Internet.
In more networked areas, technology could bring a new competitor into the market in the past dominated by one or two Internet providers – potentially at lower prices, higher speeds and better service.
The Federal Communications Commission regulator announced Thursday its approval, saying it was the first time that the agency has approved a US license. Satellite operation using broadband technology
The order comes weeks after SpaceX Demosatellites Tintin A and Tintin B launched into space to test them The concept. SpaceX's first satellites are expected to go online next year.
The proposed satellite network would be different from the current satellite data technology, which is slow and expensive. According to Musk's plan, SpaceX's satellite fleet would be much closer to Earth than conventional communications satellites in a geostationary orbit high above the Earth. This means that data is transferred much faster to and from the satellite – increasing the speed and reliability of the connection.
"Although we still have a lot to do with this complex undertaking," said SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, stepping toward the company that is building a next-generation satellite network that can connect the globe to reliable and affordable broadband service, in particular those who are not yet connected. "
But some have criticized the plan as a potential security risk, with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel saying on Thursday that the satellites, although innovative, could increase the risk of increasing the amount of debris in space.
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