SpaceX to build 1 million satellite earth stations2019-02-11 13:14 by Daniela
SpaceX has applied to get approval from the FCC to build over 1,000,000 ground stations required to relay data from its proposed Starlink constellation that will consist of 12,000 communication satellites - the largest satellite constellation in history under one operator.
The application is filed on behalf of a sister company called SpaceX Services. The stations would rely on a flat-panel, phased-array system to transmit and receive signals in the Ku-band to and from the Starlink constellation.
SpaceX Services is initially seeking approval to operate the earth stations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Starlink satellites and the earth stations will use two frequency bands in the electromagnetic spectrum not currently used in commercial satellite broadband systems.
FCC approved SpaceX's application to add 7,518 more Starlink satellites to the 4,409 satellites it approved in March 2017. The Starlink internet communication satellites will consist of cross-linked small satellites (or smallsats).
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