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A US court upholds SpaceX’s Starlink lower orbits deployment plan

SpaceX Wins in U.S. Appeals Court to Deploy Starlink at Lower Orbits

According to Reuters, a U.S. appeals court upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of SpaceX’s proposal to launch some of its Starlink satellites in a lower earth orbit than originally intended. In the lower orbit, where it runs more than 1,000 spacecraft, SpaceX requested permission to launch 2,824 Starlink satellites in 2021. The story claims that rivals Viasat and Dish Network contested the FCC’s clearance.

Dish Network has been attempting to do more than just stop SpaceX from using its satellites in low earth orbit. Additionally, despite the FCC having previously approved SpaceX’s request to use the 12 GHz frequency, the firm is attempting to prevent Starlink from doing the same. Since 2021, Dish has been attempting to prevent SpaceX from utilizing this spectrum.

Starlink, which offers internet services to its clients, is useful in disaster relief efforts. After Russia destroyed its satellites, the service kept Ukraine online. Hurricane- and earthquake-stricken communities have also benefited from Starlink’s assistance.

According to Mykhailo Fedorov, the Minister of Digital Affairs of Ukraine, Starlink’s internet service is used daily by around 15,000 individuals in that country. In addition, he stressed the importance of Starlink in rebuilding devastated areas and the nation’s infrastructure.
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Just days after SpaceX and T-Mobile announced their technical partnership, it was revealed that a U.S. appeals court had sided with SpaceX in opposition to challenges to the FCC’s ruling brought by rivals. Elon Musk and Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, unveiled their new partnership last night with the aim of putting an end to mobile dead zones. With the help of T-bandwidth Mobile’s and Starlink’s second-generation satellites, the two businesses will provide a new mobile service.

As Elon Musk highlighted last night, this is especially important for places hit by natural catastrophes and will put an end to mobile dead zones. Because of catastrophic hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, or other natural catastrophes, a whole area or nation might lose connection. Your phone would continue to function even if all the mobile towers were destroyed.

Source: Teslarati

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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