SpaceX has requested permission to launch another 30,000 Starlink satellites


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SpaceX has requested permission to launch another 30,000 Starlink satellites

The constellation SpaceX Starlink may be almost four times larger than originally planned by the company. According to SpaceNews, the company requested permission from the International Telecommunication Union to access the spectrum for another 30,000 Starlink satellites. When SpaceX first introduced the project, Starlink was described as a space Internet network of 12,000 satellites. ITU and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have already approved the company’s request for spectrum access for these 12,000 devices — a new request group for an additional 30,000 satellites.

The FCC submitted to ITU a total of 20 applications, each of which requests permission for 1,500 satellites in different near-Earth orbits. The company wants to put them into orbits between 330 and 580 kilometers high, which, according to the journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technology Review, is cause for concern. Roger Thompson of the Aerospace Corporation told the publication that although this area of ​​space is the most unoccupied, spaceships with crews, including the ISS, usually fly there. According to him, the appearance of thousands of satellites in this area will have an impact on people's space flights in the future.

However, requesting permission for 30,000 satellites does not mean that the Starlink project will actually launch a total of 42,000 devices into space. Some of the company's critics believe that applications are just a ploy to drown ITU in research right now when the union is in the process of changing its rules. Whether this is true or not, filing applications with ITU is just the first step in a very long process. SpaceX has seven years to launch satellites with the requested frequencies.

The company successfully launched the first 60 Starlink satellites into orbit earlier this year and plans to launch another 60 this month, and launch the next batch in November.

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