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Title    SpaceX Approved to Deploy 1 Million U.S. Starlink Terminals; OneWeb Reportedly Considers Bankruptcy
Date    Wednesday March 25 2020, @05:01AM
Author    Fnord666
Topic   
from the space-is-becoming-a-crowded-place dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/03/25/0056231

takyon writes:

SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband user terminals

SpaceX has received government approval to deploy up to 1 million user terminals in the United States for its Starlink satellite-broadband constellation.

SpaceX asked the Federal Communications Commission for the license in February 2019, and the FCC announced its approval in a public notice last week. The FCC approval is for "a blanket license for the operation of up to 1,000,000 fixed earth stations that will communicate with [SpaceX's] non-geostationary orbit satellite system." The license is good for 15 years.

[...] One million terminals would only cover a fraction of US homes, but SpaceX isn't necessarily looking to sign up huge portions of the US population. Musk said at the conference that Starlink will likely serve the "3 or 4 percent hardest-to-reach customers for telcos" and "people who simply have no connectivity right now, or the connectivity is really bad." Starlink won't have lots of customers in big cities like LA "because the bandwidth per cell is simply not high enough," he said.

SpaceX's main Starlink constellation competitor is running out of money

OneWeb, the only pressing competitor facing SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet constellation, has reportedly begun to consider filing for bankruptcy shortly before the London-based company completed its third dedicated launch.

Following the completion of its first full 34-satellite launch with a Russian Soyuz rocket on February 7th, OneWeb managed to complete a second launch on March 22nd just a few days after Bloomberg revealed its bankruptcy concerns. OneWeb now has 74 ~150-kg (330 lb) satellites in orbit – roughly 11% of its initial 650-satellite constellation. Like SpaceX, OneWeb's goal is to manufacture and launch an unprecedented number of high-performance small satellites for a per-spacecraft cost that would have previously been inconceivable.

[...] Requiring numerous revolutions in satellite manufacturing, antenna production, and launch vehicle affordability, as well as a vast and complex network of ground terminals, numerous companies have tried and failed to rise to the challenge over the decades. Original Globalstar, Teledesic, and Iridium constellations all raised more than $10 billion in the 1990s under the promise of blanketing the Earth with internet from space. All wound up bankrupt at one point or another.

See also: The true impact of SpaceX's Starlink constellation on astronomy is coming into focus

Previously:
SpaceX Seeks Approval for 1 Million Starlink Ground Stations, Faces Pentagon Audit
SpaceX and OneWeb Clash Over Proposed Satellite Constellation Orbits
OneWeb Joins the Satellite Internet Gold Rush this Week
OneWeb Launches its First Large Batch of Broadband Satellites, Plans March Launch and April Break
How Does Starlink Work Anyway?


Original Submission

Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband user terminals" - https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/03/spacex-gets-fcc-license-for-1-million-satellite-broadband-user-terminals/
  3. "SpaceX asked" - https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/02/spacex-seeks-fcc-ok-for-1-million-satellite-broadband-earth-stations/
  4. "public notice" - https://licensing.fcc.gov/ibfsweb/ib.page.FetchPN?report_key=2225961
  5. "FCC approval" - https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/ib/forms/reports/swr031b.hts?q_set=V_SITE_ANTENNA_FREQ.file_numberC/File+Number/=/SESLIC2019021100151&prepare=&column=V_SITE_ANTENNA_FREQ.file_numberC/File+Number
  6. "SpaceX's main Starlink constellation competitor is running out of money" - https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-main-starlink-competitor-out-of-money/
  7. "Bloomberg revealed its bankruptcy concerns" - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-19/softbank-s-oneweb-is-said-to-mull-bankruptcy-as-cash-dwindles
  8. "The true impact of SpaceX's Starlink constellation on astronomy is coming into focus" - https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/24/21190273/spacex-starlink-satellite-internet-constellation-astronomy-coating
  9. "SpaceX Seeks Approval for 1 Million Starlink Ground Stations, Faces Pentagon Audit" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/02/13/1632214
  10. "SpaceX and OneWeb Clash Over Proposed Satellite Constellation Orbits" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=19/03/23/0218226
  11. "OneWeb Joins the Satellite Internet Gold Rush this Week" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/02/04/1943252
  12. "OneWeb Launches its First Large Batch of Broadband Satellites, Plans March Launch and April Break" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/02/12/0142234
  13. "How Does Starlink Work Anyway?" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=20/02/23/0227240
  14. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=39951

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