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06:40  29 april  2019
06:40  29 april  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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SpaceX is one step closer to fulfilling its plans of launching a host of internet satellites . Companies like OneWeb and Kepler Communications had objected to SpaceX 's request over concerns that Starlink would interfere with their own satellites , but the FCC didn't believe the satellites would

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX ’s request to fly a large swath of its future internet -beaming satellites at a lower orbit than In November, SpaceX sent a request to the FCC to partially revise plans for the company’s satellite internet constellation, known as Starlink.

FCC clears SpaceX to fly internet satellites in lower orbit SpaceX is one step closer to fulfilling its plans of launching a host of internet satellites.

The FCC has approved its revised plan that would fly over 1,500 of its Starlink satellites at a lower orbit of 'just' 550km (about 342 miles). The move clears the path for an initial Starlink launch "no earlier than" May, the company said. Theoretically, the lower flight path allows coverage with fewer satellites, lowers latency and reduces the chances of space debris.

FCC clears SpaceX to fly internet satellites in lower orbit © Thomson Reuters SpaceX founder Elon Musk reacts at a post-launch news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 2, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Companies like OneWeb and Kepler Communications had objected to SpaceX's request over concerns that Starlink would interfere with their own satellites, but the FCC didn't believe the satellites would create "significant" interference.

FCC approves SpaceX’s plans to fly internet-beaming satellites in a lower orbit

FCC approves SpaceX’s plans to fly internet-beaming satellites in a lower orbit Changing the destination for more than 1,500 satellites

FCC approves SpaceX ’s plans to fly internet -beaming satellites in a lower orbit . Changing the destination for more than 1,500 satellites . Starlink is a satellite constellation development project underway by SpaceX , to develop a low -cost, high-performance satellite bus and requisite customer

FCC clears SpaceX to fly internet satellites in lower orbit . SpaceX is one step closer to fulfilling its plans of launching a host of internet satellites . The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX ’ s request to fly a large swath of its future internet - beaming satellites at a.

Regulators also didn't find a significant risk of collisions in the new orbit, noting that each of the satellites would have thrusters to make evasive maneuvers.

Gallery: Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral and landing attempt (Florida Today)

FCC clears SpaceX to fly internet satellites in lower orbit

For SpaceX, the approval might come in the nick of time. In addition to competitors like OneWeb, the company is facing impending rivalries like Amazon's 3,236 planned internet satellites. If SpaceX is going to meet the terms of the FCC's approval and launch more than half of its planned 11,000-plus Starlink satellites within six years, it will likely want to start as soon as possible.

Elon Musk shows SpaceX's first internet satellites ready for launch.
This might be your best chance to get a peek at SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites before they're hurtled into orbit. Elon Musk has posted a photo (below) of the first 60 production satellites.

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