SpaceX Authorized To Build 1 Million “User Terminals” That Will Connect People To The High-Speed Internet Provided By Its Constellation Of Satellites
- Company Received FCC Approval To Build Terminals For Its Starlink Project
- Terminals will connect Earth users to its constellation of satellites
- Elon Musks Says Terminals Will Look Like “Poles With Small UFOs Above”
SpaceX is moving forward with its plans to route high-speed Internet to Earth from a constellation of satellites.
This week, the aerospace company owned by Elon Musk has received FCC approval to build 1 million user terminals on Earth to support its Starlink project – a constellation of mini-satellites that will eventually carry high-speed Internet to To the earth.
The terminals will be able to receive signals from space and transmit them to users on Earth.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (photo) has been granted permission to build user terminals for the company’s Starlink program, which aims to broadcast the Internet to Earth using satellites
According to the approval, SpaceX now has a “global license to operate up to 1,000,000 fixed earth stations that will communicate with its satellite system in non-geostationary orbit”.
As reported by CNET, Musk said the terminals would look like a “little UFO on a stick” that would maneuver to pick up signals from satellites.
Musk also said the terminals will be easy to install and can be “plugged in and headed for the sky”.
Approval is the next step for SpaceX, which plans to fly the low Earth orbit with its mini satellites.
In total, the company plans to have up to 1,500 satellites in orbit by the end of 2020 and up to 42,000 in total.
Despite SpaceX’s progress and constant additions to its constellation, the plan has drawn the wrath of some astronomers who warn of the implications of crowding the sky with so many satellites.
In November, astronomers at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile recorded nearly 20 satellites operated as part of SpaceX’s Starlink program while being broadcast in the sky, disrupting expert exposure and obscuring the images.
Elon Musk to launch at least 12,000 Starlink satellites in low orbit to cover the world with high-speed Internet, but plan makes a lot of noise among astronomers and astronomers – devices block their view of the night sky (photo)
The researchers were studying megalanic clouds as part of ongoing research on dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way that require long exposures of the night sky.
As a result, a group of designers created a petition asking the public to “refuse the irresponsible practice of throwing the night sky”.
Created by Under Lucky Stars, the firm hopes to gain 100,000 signatures over the next 30 days which will be given to political experts and White House officials to determine what the next steps will be.