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Starlink satellites will occupy 540-570km orbit

Competitors are satisfied with FCC decision on Starlink orbit

28.Apr.21 9:20 AM
By Shawn Highstraw


Starlink satellites will occupy 540-570km orbit
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX to bring 2,814 Starlink satellites into orbit lower than originally planned. That's what The Verge says. Competitors Amazon and OneWeb initially raised objections.

SpaceX asked the FCC if it could bring 2,824 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. The company already had approval to do that with 1,584 satellites. In total, SpaceX is now capable of orbiting 4,408 satellites from 540 to 570 kilometres around the Earth.

The Starlink satellites are intended for internet use. The satellites are designed to provide the internet to people in remote regions around the world. By 2027, SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to have tens of thousands of satellites in space.

Amazon and OneWeb, who are themselves working on a satellite network, objected in advance. The companies indicated that satellite signals would interfere with each other. They also warned of an increased risk of collisions with other satellites.

According to the FCC, there will be no problems if the Starlink satellites are lowered. However, the regulator SpaceX imposes clear rules to which they must adhere. Amazon says it's happy with the outcome. "These conditions take away our biggest concerns about safety in space," says a company spokesman.

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