The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Tuesday that it has voted to pass a SpaceX plan that will deploy some Starlink satellites in lower earth orbits than planned as part of its push to provide space-based broadband Internet.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approval to fly 2,824 satellites in lower orbits as part of a plan that provides high-speed broadband Internet to people who are currently unable to use it. service.

SpaceX told the FCC that changes in altitude will improve space safety, reduce power flux density emissions to improve the interference environment, and lower the “elevation angle to improve customer experience.”

Reuters reported earlier on Tuesday that the FCC’s decision to approve the decision included many conditions to ensure the safety of the plan.

The FCC said: “SpaceX operates at a low altitude and has excellent maneuverability, which should reduce the risk of collision and improve the orbital debris environment.”

The FCC also stated that SpaceX agreed to accept that its low-altitude satellites may be interfered by satellites deployed under Amazon’s Kuiper Systems satellite project.

Amazon said in July that it would invest more than US$10 billion (approximately Rs 74,425 crore) to build a network of 3,236 low-earth orbit satellites.

Musk and Amazon have openly competed for satellite plans.

Amazon praised the FCC’s order, which “sets clear conditions on SpaceX, including requiring it to stay below 580 kilometers and accepting additional interference from its redesign. These conditions solve our concerns about space safety and interference. Main concern.”

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SpaceX plans to eventually deploy a total of 12,000 satellites. It has previously stated that the Starlink constellation will cost approximately US$10 billion (approximately Rs 74,425 crore).

The deployment cost of satellite technology is extremely high, but it can provide high-speed Internet for people living in rural areas or difficult-to-maintain places, where there are no fiber optic cables and cell phone towers. When hurricanes or other natural disasters interfere with communications, this technology may also be a key backing.

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