Sky satellite? SpaceX plans to regularly launch 120 Starlink satellites into orbit every month
On September 7th, according to foreign media reports, the latest report submitted by the US space exploration technology company SpaceX to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) showed that the company plans to regularly launch 120 Starlink satellites into orbit every month. Produce thousands of user terminals.
Previously, in July of this year, SpaceX told the FCC that its Starlink department can currently build 120 Starlink satellites per month and invest more than $70 million a month to develop and produce thousands of user terminals.
In March of this year, the FCC approved SpaceX to deploy 1 million user terminals (satellite antennas) in the United States, which will allow 1 million households to receive this service. But now, the company hopes to quadruple this number to 5 million units.
Another important part of the discussions between SpaceX representatives and FCC officials this week is that the company intends to actively build satellite ground stations across the United States. These stations will complete the connection between user terminals, Starlink satellites and Internet servers.
By early July, the company submitted documents to the FCC International Bureau that it had applied for earth station approval in about 24 states in the United States. Since then, four more states have been added to the company’s filings with the FCC International Bureau. They are Florida, Tennessee, Kansas and South Carolina.
In mid-July, the FCC approved SpaceX’s “Starlink Router”. This router will connect an external satellite antenna or terminal to any computer or phone in the house. It will be able to support WiFi 802.11b, 802.11a/g, 802.11n and 802.11ac, and provide end users with 866.7 Mbps data transmission rate.
As early as January 2015, SpaceX CEO Musk announced a satellite Internet service plan, which was named “Starlink”. SpaceX plans to launch about 12,000 communication satellites into orbit to provide broadband Internet services to users on Earth. In addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites that have been approved, the company has also applied for the launch of 30,000 satellites.
Last Thursday, SpaceX successfully launched the 12th batch of Starlink Internet satellites. This launch brings the total number of satellites into orbit to 713. If the two prototype satellites launched in 2018 are included, the total number of satellites into orbit is 715.