SpaceX's Satellite Broadband Receives FCC Chairman's Support

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This weekend the company intends to launch, upon its Falcon 9 rocket, the first pair of demonstration satellites - named Microsat 2a and 2b - for what it has dubbed as "Starlink"; the duo will be the secondary payloads on the rocket, with the primary payload being Paz, a radar observation satellite built by Airbus for the Spanish government. Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fibre optic cables and cell towers do not reach. "SpaceX's application - along with those of other satellite companies seeking licenses or access to the US market for non-geostationary satellite orbit systems - involves one such innovation", Pai said.

SpaceX wants to launch satellite internet in 2019, with hopes to carry out the initial tests this year. "If adopted, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies", Pai said.

In order for large broadband constellations to deliver services in the U.S., the FCC must approve their operations to ensure the satellites don't interfere with other uses, and will operate in a way that lowers the risk of collisions.

Starlink is the brainchild of Elon Musk whose aim is to create a "Global Broadband" and deliver high-speed internet connectivity across the world and that to be at affordable rates, with the help of a constellation of thousands of satellites in orbit.

SpaceX's satellite operation is headquartered in Redmond, Wash. Telesat and fellow Canadian company Kepler Communications both launched satellites in January - Kepler a cubesat on a Chinese Long March 11 and Telesat a larger 168-kilogram smallsat on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

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On 6 February, SpaceX launched the world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, from Florida. Every Falcon 9 rocket has 10 engines, nine for the first stage and one for the second stage.

The satellite is designed for a mission of five and a half years and is set to orbit Earth 15 times per day.

SpaceX launches global internet constellation in order to provide internet accessibility everywhere on the Earth.

In addition to the satellite, the team transported the electrical and mechanical ground support equipment plus all the testing and conditioning devices needed to prepare the satellite for the final leg of its journey to space.

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