SpaceX has received government approval to deploy up to 1 million user terminals in the U.S. for its Starlink satellite broadband constellation,media reported. As early as February 2019. SpaceX has applied for permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which announced the application in a statement last week.
The FCC approved a “full license for the operation of a fixed Earth station that communicates with up to 1 million (SpaceX) non-geostationary orbit satellite systems” and is valid for 15 years.
According to SpaceX, these user terminals use advanced phased array beam formation and digital processing technology to efficiently utilize the ku-band spectrum resources by supporting the high-directional, directional antenna beam of the tracking system near-Earth orbit satellite.
SpaceX has now received FCC approval to launch up to 11,943 satellites. Unlike traditional broadband satellites, which will operate in low-Earth orbit and provide high speed and latency of less than 20 milliseconds. Although the launch of all planned satellites will take several years, Starlink is expected to be available in parts of the United States this year.
So far, SpaceX has launched 362 satellites and plans to launch another 60 in April, although a date for the April launch has not yet been announced.