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SpaceX Pitches Additional 30000 Satellites For Starlink

However, it seems like SpaceX is still seeking to increase its roster of Starlink satellites.

SpaceX wants to launch 30,000 more Starlink satellites. However, this new filing demonstrates that the constellation could be far bigger than originally thought. Through the help of the FCC, the company has made 20 additional filings to the ITU for 1,500 more satellites each.

According to those filings, the 30,000 satellites would operate "at altitudes ranging from 328 kilometers to 580 kilometers", per SpaceX news.

The company successfully launched the first 60 Starlink satellites into orbit earlier this year, with plans of launching 60 more within this month and even more in November.

Once all the satellites have been deployed, the ultimate goal of Starlink to deliver fast and reliable internet connection to different parts of the world, will be achieved.

The ITU, and its executive arm, the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), is the global agency responsible for management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources.

In short, no. The receipt of these filings by the ITU effectively reserves the spectrum for that filed operation, but only for a limited period.

There's no guarantee these satellites will actually be launched. Once spectrum rights have been assigned through this "bring into use" procedure, other ventures must design their systems to avoid interference with the newly minted incumbent operator.

However, this doesn't mean that SpaceX will definitely build and launch 30,000 additional satellites within the next seven years.

The ITU is expected to change its bring into use rules during the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference, which takes place from October 28 to November 22 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Regulators intend to set more stringent rules for megaconstellation ventures, requiring them to launch percentages of their total constellation by to-be-determined deadlines in order to keep their priority spectrum rights.

Not everyone is happy with SpaceX's strategy of filing for tens of thousands of positions.

The company has submitted paperwork in recent weeks for the additional satellites.

A stack of Starlink internet communications satellites. To limit this problem, the ITU has in place a limit known as the Equivalent Power-Flux Density (EPFD). The need for more satellites "really, really depends on what you're trying to do and what your satellites need, what capacity you've got, and what your use case is", says Ted Muelhaupt of the nonprofit Aerospace Corporation. "Regulations say that a constellation can only cause so much interference".

SpaceX has come under criticism for the filing.

The American space company headed by Elon Musk first announced the Starlink project back in 2015. Following the initial launch of 60 Starlink satellites in May, the company as accused of adding to "space junk" by placing so many new items placed in orbit at once.



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