SpaceX could eventually launch tens of thousands of Starlink satellites designed to operate at low altitude above Earth and launch Internet coverage to the lower ground. So far, SpaceX has obtained permission from the Federal Communications Commission to put nearly 12000 satellites into orbit. Just last week, the company submitted another request to (ITU), the international regulator, for spectrum arrangements for an additional 30000 Starlink satellites. That means the company hopes to launch about 42000 satellites into orbit.
In a statement on ITU's new filings, a spokesman for the company said SpaceX is taking steps to responsibly expand Starlink's total network capacity and data density to meet user expectations as global demand for fast, reliable Internet continues to grow.
To date, SpaceX has launched only 60 Starlink satellites in a launch in May, three of which did not operate as expected. SpaceX also sent the remaining two satellites out of orbit to prove the company's ability to move it out of space if necessary. However, the remaining satellites will be elevated to a higher altitude and appear to be working. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Monday night that he had successfully sent a post through the Starlink network and said, ``The plan really worked! ! ``.
But there is still a lot of work to be done before people can access the Internet from Starlink. In addition to launching satellites, SpaceX still needs to complete the development of its user terminal, a small device that customers will use to receive broadband signals from satellites. According to SpaceNews, the company also needs to figure out how to launch the service. Hotwell believes it is possible to provide the service directly to customers, and in some countries customers will need to register with telecommunications service providers.
According to spacenews, "this is a completely different business for SpaceX," says shotwell. "It uses space technology, but it's a consumer business."