SpaceX hat die Erlaubnis erhalten mehr Ringe mit weniger Satelliten für Starlink zu betreiben. Dadurch kann früher eine größere Abdeckung erreicht werden und der Betrieb gestartet werden
“The proposed respacing would require fewer launches of satellites — perhaps as few as half — to initiate service to the entire contiguous United States; Globally, the modification would enable more rapid coverage of all longitudes to grow toward the Equator, as well as bolstering capacity over in areas of greater population density.”
By increasing the number of orbital rings where these first Starlink satellites would operate, SpaceX said they could achieve enough internet coverage to provide service by next years hurricane season in southern United States. Internet from satellites does come in handy for emergency services during natural disasters when communication systems’ cables and towers get damaged.
The FCC approved their request this month allowing SpaceX to deploy and operate satellites in more orbital rings around Earth. On December 19 they stated:
“Grant of this application will allow SpaceX to accelerate the deployment of its satellite constellation to deliver broadband service throughout the United States, especially to those who live in areas underserved or unserved by terrestrial systems."
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