On the coming Saturday, SpaceX company is going to put into orbit two test satellites Microsat 2a and 2b, which will distribute the Internet, covering an area of up to ten kilometers each. These two satellites are a “drop in the ocean”, because a few years ago the company Ilona Mask proposed to put into orbit a whole “pleiad” of microsatellites, consisting of eleven thousand devices that will provide Internet coverage on the entire surface of the Earth. On his ambitious plans, Ilon Musk notified the Federal American Communications Commission two years ago, but now he has received permission to launch. Moreover, the head of the commission voiced an unexpected proposal – to make SpaceX a global Internet provider, assigning the corresponding status to the aerospace company.
Ajit Pai, the head of the US Federal Communications Commission, posted a statement on his Twitter account explaining the benefits of the Starlink project in detail, and then called for assigning the status of the provider to SpaceX.
Pai stressed that the US government must keep pace with the times, using modern digital technologies and actively introducing them throughout the country. Now in the US, more than fifteen million people live in rural areas where there is no Internet access. The Ilona project Mask could solve this problem and would be a salvation for other regions of the world where similar problems are observed, as there are many regions in the world where providers simply can not install mobile communications towers or provide cable Internet.
Pai added that this is also a matter of prestige, too, because if the proposal is approved, SpaceX will be the first US company to provide Internet access through a network of low orbiting satellites.
Recall that SpaceX in the project Starlink plans to provide the entire Earth with satellite internet by 2027 already. Satellites will be located at an altitude of 11-14 kilometers, which will reduce the transmission delay to 35 milliseconds. The remaining satellites fly higher, and their delay is up to 600 milliseconds.
The commission has not yet published an official statement on the support of Pai’s venture, but some of its members have already warmly supported the initiative, urging colleagues to consider the status of SpaceX as soon as possible and approve the full-scale launch of a new service.