FCCapprovesSpaceX’s ambitious satellite internet plans. Financial projections, disclosed by The Wall Street Journal, show SpaceX expects more than 40 million subscribers for Starlink by 2025, equaling roughly $30 billion in revenue. In its application, Elon Musk’s aerospace company said it plans to use a constellation of 4,425 low-orbit satellites to beam broadband down to Earth.
“We appreciate the FCC’s thorough review and approval of SpaceX’s constellation license,” SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said in a statement.
“Although we still have much to do with this complex undertaking, this is an important step toward SpaceX building a next-generation satellite network that can link the globe with reliable and affordable broadband service, especially reaching those who are not yet connected.” With FCC approval, all systems go for Starlink global internet
The possibility of the high-speed global internet just took a step towards becoming a reality this week, as the FCC approved the SpaceX plan to establish a “constellation” of thousands of satellites in the next few years.
The post With FCC approval, all systems go for Starlink global internet appeared first on Digital Trends. SpaceX has a green light from the FCC to launch a network of thousands of satellites blanketing the globe with broadband. And you won’t have too long to wait — on a cosmic scale, anyway. Part of the agreement is that SpaceX launch half of its proposed satellites within six years.
The approval of SpaceX’s application was not seriously in doubt after last month’s memo from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was excited at the prospect of the first U.S.-based company being authorized to launch a constellation like this.
“I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans,” he wrote at the time. He really is pushing that “digital divide” thing. Not that Elon Musk disagrees: