Beacon Transcript – SpaceX, just as its owner, has grand dreams as it is now seeking to fulfill its space Internet quest through the help of a quite large constellation of satellites.
SpaceX is a private owned spacecraft and rocket designer, manufacturing, and launcher company. Owned by the billionaire Elon Musk, the company first announced its space Internet plans back in January 2015.
Now, they seem to be taking the initial plan a step forward as SpaceX filed a Federal Communications Commission or FCC application.
The FCC application was filed earlier this week, on November 15, Tuesday and sought the approval of the launching of 4,425 satellites.
The constellation of satellites would offer and help the residents of this world have a higher-speed Internet, no matter their global location.
According to the FCC filing notes, the satellites would orbit at different altitudes in about 83 orbital planes.
Their flight altitude will be in-between 715 and 790 miles high as they will also have different inclinations in between 53 and 81 degrees.
The satellites, which will have an approximate weight of about 850 pounds, will be sent in several deployments.
As the Earth currently has a number of about 1,419 active satellites, the space Internet constellation could almost quadruple the number.
A first initial launch would see the deployment of 1,600 spacecraft units which would be sent into orbit. The final launch would send into space the remaining 2,825 satellites, which would complete the constellation.
SpaceX noted in its FCC filing that such a space Internet system will be designed so as to provide a high-speed Internet connection at a global level.
They would provide a 1 Gbps or one Gigabit per second speed. This would be in the same league with the current fiber optic networks that are ground-based.
Most current broadband operators that are cable-based offer a speed of just 1 to 20 Mbps or Megabytes per second.
If the SpaceX plan comes to fruition, its users will have an approximately 200 times faster connectivity speed than the current world average.
SpaceX’s satellite constellation would as such ensure both a global coverage and a high speed, all with a reduced ground infrastructure.
This would cut back on the costs as the system will also be designed so as to work with low cost but high-reliability devices.
The system’s phased-array user antenna will be designed so as to rely on a small user terminal which should be easy to attach to either walls or roofs.
SpaceX also noted that the space Internet system will be available to a great number and wide range of users.
Its communication and broadband services will be available to global residential, professional, institutional, commercial, and governmental users.
If the company’s satellite constellation is approved, SpaceX will reportedly be building a Seattle-based factory that will produce the satellites.
As the first batch of 1,600 would be deployed, each individual satellite would cover an approximated area that will be about 658 miles in diameter.
An estimated launching date or the total number of needed launches for the initial deployment have yet to be announced.
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