Spacex May Be Launching Its First Global Internet Satellites Next Week

SpaceX could launch demonstration satellites for its constellation Saturday

Elon Musk's plan to use satellites to beam Internet to Earth just got a key endorsement Wednesday from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. "Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach".

The constellation is meant to provide broadband internet service at "fiber-like speeds", especially for individual households and small businesses, according to testimony from Patricia Cooper, SpaceX vice president of government affairs, during an October Senate committee hearing. "These approvals are the first of their kind for a new generation of large, non-geostationary satellite orbit, fixed-satellite service systems, and the Commission continues to process other, similar requests", the FCC said today. Since then the FCC has approved three applications: OneWeb for 720 LEO satellites, Telesat Canada for 117 LEO satellites, and Space Norway for two highly elliptical arctic-focused satellites. "SpaceX's application - along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the USA market for non-geostationary satellite orbit systems - involves one such innovation".

SpaceX plans to launch more than 4,420 small satellites into low orbit around the earth beginning next year, with full deployment expected by 2024, the company said in May 2017 testimony to the US Senate.

SpaceX is one of 11 companies that all followed OneWeb in asking permission to sell telecommunications services in the US with new non-geosynchronous satellite systems in 2016.

This year's first West Coast has been set to be launched on Saturday, during when SpaceX has scheduled to fly its Spanish satellite in to the Earth's orbit Falcon 9 spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

SpaceX's satellite operation is headquartered in Redmond, Wash.

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SpaceX's customers include commercial satellite operators, Nasa and the USA military.

SpaceX has been on a role since the launch of the Govsat-1 back in January and the critical test launch of the Falcon Heavy on February 6.

OneWeb's first constellation will consist of 900-satellites, with Soyuz rockets launching 32 satellites every 21 days throughout 2019.

No details have been unveiled about the Starlink mission as the company aims to put thousands of communication satellite in orbit by 2020.

It is also mentioned that the pair of satellites will exclusively transmit only when they are above these ground stations which, per the documents, would result in a transmission time of about 10 minutes per day.

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