FCC approves SpaceX’s plan to deploy 12000 internet satellites

SpaceX plans to deploy 12000 internet satellites.

Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s plan to deploy thousands of internet satellites.

SpaceX will be providing the internet worldwide once the project is fully completed. It has the potential to revolutionize the internet. But how? Let’s take a look.

The Speed:

It will be providing up to 1 Gbps of the internet around the globe. The number of satellite deployed will further improve the performance.

The Approval Details:

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has taken a huge step forward. Their plan to launch 12000 internet satellites into space has been approved by FCC.


More details on the number of satellites:

FCC has approved the deployment of 7000 satellites by Starlink. (The internet subsidiary of SpaceX). These satellites are going to be low-orbit-earth so they can provide the internet worldwide.

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Following this, 4425 more satellites are now likely to be approved by March 2019 for a launch. There will be almost 12000 satellites when the project is working to its full.


People living in far-flung villages will also be able to enjoy the high-speed bandwidths.  It will especially be a revolution for the areas where traditional internet connections don’t work.

A brief history of this project:

2 satellites were deployed by SpaceX in February 2018. They plan to launch some 1600 satellites in the next few years.

The completion:

Although SpaceX has got the approval from FCC, the project is gonna take a bit long. It will be available for everyone in the world by Mid 2020s. It might be working partially in the next few years but a full completion is going to be dragged.

Musk’s SpaceX is not the only one to get this approval. Following companies also got approved by FCC:

  • Kelper
  • Telesat
  • LeoSat

Final Thoughts:

Internet usage has already shifted from laptop and PCs to mobiles. It will keep growing and mobile users will be able to get rid of their slower connections.

It might take half of a decade to complete and be fully operational. But it is not just a wish now. This is an actual plan which has been approved and its ultimately going to happen.

But until then, we have to keep arguing with our ISP for the low bandwidth 😉

Source: FCC 

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