Starlink constellation and legal issues

There are more and more SpaceX internet satellites, and the increasing number of units brings new problems. There are complications in connection with permits, since not everyone is happy about Starlink dominance.

The constellation of Starlink satellites differs from others in that its satellites are lower – 550 kilometers from the sea surface. Due to that, a larger number of satellites is needed, so the company received a permit to launch as many as 42 thousand units (originally it was said to be 12 thousand). Those who live in areas where internet connection has not been possible so far will benefit the most.

Starlink is joining a market that large companies have been dominating for years which offer bad internet as a last resort to those who have no other choice, mainly because they live in remote parts of the world. New satellites are from recently closer to Earth than other internet satellites, which should allow them to deliver higher speeds.

In late April, SpaceX received from the US Communications Commission (FCC) received permission to change the original plans for its megaconstellation. That’s the way it is allowed the satellites to descend lower, pa se the boundary that was between 1,100 and 1,300 kilometers from Earth dropped to 550 kilometers. The other players didn’t like the change, so they did Dish Network Corp. and Viasat have already filed complaints in which the permit is requested to be revoked. The reason, among other things, is that Starlink satellites will increase cosmic waste, which will be a great danger at that distance from the Earth.

The problem is that other companies are also working on their constellations in lower Earth orbit – OneWeb is already launched 218 satellites, while Amazon plans a constellation of 3,200 satellites. Permission granted by SpaceX affects this “space race”, which could ultimately affect only one company dominating the market.


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