SpaceX Applies for Permission to Create LEO Satellite Constellation
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for permission to create a network of earth stations that would support a proposed fleet of satellites providing internet access from a huge fleet of satellites in low-earth orbit.
The initial deployment might entail launching 1,600 satellites, eventually growing to 2,825 satellites, and would blanket every inch of the surface of the earth.
Financial backers of the company Alphabet's Google Inc and Fidelity Investments, which together have contributed $1 billion to Musk's space launch firm.
The proposed SpaceX network would begin with the launch of about 800 satellites to expand internet access in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FCC filings showed.
OneWeb and by Boeing Co. also are trying to create such a network.