. 24/7 Space News .
FCC approves SpaceX's satellite modification despite competitor objections
by Sommer Brokaw
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 27, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission approved Tuesday SpaceX's satellite modification plan despite objections from competitors, who complained it would disrupt networks.

SpaceX made the proposal a year ago, asking to modify its plan for Starlink satellites designed to deliver high-speed Internet to consumers across the globe.

The Starlink license modification plan was to change the altitude of the next 2,814 satellites to 570 km after the first 1,584 satellites were in orbit at an altitude above 1,100 km. The company said the changes were in the public interest and addressed space safety.

The plan came under fire in complaints from Kuiper, a subsidiary of Amazon that plans to build satellite Internet service to rival Starlink, and global satellite competitor Viasat, among others. They said the public interest benefits were unsubstantiated and the plan would interfere with other satellite systems.

The dispute became public earlier this year when SpaceX Chief Designer Elon Musk alleged in a tweet the competition was attempting "to hamstring Starlink," in response to a CNBC report.

The FCC wrote in the order that the "modification does not create significant interference problems that would warrant treatment of SpaceX's system as if it were filed in a later processing round."

"We conclude that grant of the SpaceX Third Modification Application will serve the public interest," the FCC also wrote in the order. "Our action will allow SpaceX to implement safety-focused changes to the deployment of its satellite constellation to deliver broadband service throughout the United States, including to those who live in areas underserved or unserved by terrestrial systems."

The FCC order requires SpaceX to issue reports twice a year that include conjunction events or near misses with other satellites within the last six months.

Despite its objections, Amazon called the FCC's ruling "a positive outcome," in a statement to CNBC since it "places clear conditions on SpaceX."

"These conditions address our primary concerns regarding space safety and interference, and we appreciate the Commission's work to maintain a safe and competitive environment in low earth orbit," Amazon added.

Eutelsat invests in OneWeb, future SpaceX rival
Paris (AFP) April 27, 2021 - A year after collapsing into bankruptcy, satellite operator OneWeb has revived its goal of providing broadband satellite internet service after European operator Eutelsat said Tuesday it would invest $550 million in the project.

Eutelsat's "roughly 24 percent" stake will allow OneWeb to position itself as a rival to Elon Musk's SpaceX as Eutelsat joins the British government and Indian multinational Bharti Global as a key shareholder.

Bharti Global is active in telecoms, agribusiness and financial services.

"OneWeb will be the first complete non-geostationary constellation with truly global coverage, significantly ahead of competing projects," Eutelsat said in a statement.

Britain and Bharti Global came aboard after One Web collapsed into chapter 11 bankruptcy when former backer Softbank of Japan withdrew its support.

The new stakeholders each invested half a billion dollars when they took over the reconstituted company.

OneWeb plans to deploy 648 low-orbit satellites to offer broadband internet to around 90 per cent of the planet.

To date it has launched 182, including 36 on Monday.

The satellites are made in Florida in partnership with aerospace firm Airbus, according to OneWeb.

Britain seeks a post-Brexit alternative to the European Union's Galileo satellite navigation project into which it invested heavily prior to leaving the bloc.

OneWeb's service is to begin in some regions by year's end, with global rollout expected by the end of 2022.

Eutelsat said the project "anticipates annual revenues of circa $1 billion within three to five years following the full deployment of the constellation, with a partnership approach and profitable wholesale business model."

Its investment "leaves OneWeb almost fully funded and the company is well advanced in terms of securing its remaining funding needs this year".

Eutelsat director general Rodolphe Belmer hailed a "substantial opportunity represented by the non-geostationary segment within our industry."

British Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: "Today's investment is another giant leap forward for OneWeb in realising its ambition to provide global broadband connectivity around the globe."

He added that the project would place the UK "at the forefront of the latest developments in low Earth orbit technology."

OneWeb Executive Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal hailed a deal which he said would see partners benefit "from the entrepreneurial energy of Bharti, extensive global outreach of UK and long-term expertise of the satellite industry at Eutelsat."

Related Links
The latest information about the Commercial Satellite Industry

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

Russia launches new batch of UK telecom satellites into space
Moscow (AFP) April 26, 2021
A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia's Far East on Monday carrying 36 UK telecommunications and internet satellites, the Roscosmos space agency said. OneWeb, a London-headquartered company, is working to complete the construction of a constellation of low earth orbit satellites providing enhanced broadband and other services to countries around the world. The company is competing against billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the race to provide fast internet via ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Stone skipping techniques can improve reentry of space vehicles

Space tourism - 20 years in the making - is finally ready for launch

NASA astronaut paints a picture of success growing plants in space

Top Things to Know about Space Station Crew Handovers

ISS astronauts splash down off Florida on SpaceX craft

NASA continues RS-25 engine testing for future Artemis missions

Small launchers - big market

Arianespace's second successful launch in 72 hours

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter to begin new demonstration phase

Icy clouds could have kept early Mars warm enough for rivers and lakes, study finds

Zhurong on course for historic journey

NASA extends Mars helicopter mission to assist rover

Mars mission team prepares for its toughest challenge

China launches space station core module Tianhe

Core capsule launched into orbit

China's space station takes shared future concept to space

SpaceX successfully launches into space carrying 60 more Starlink satellites

Egos clash in Bezos and Musk space race

Spacepath Communications to power new satellite teleport services

Lithuania to become ESA Associate Member state

Microchip expands its range of radiation-hardened arm microcontrollers for space systems

Setting sail for sustainable space

Hot and cold space radio testing

Space law and the fight against space debris

Astronomers detect first ever hydroxyl molecule signature in an exoplanet atmosphere

NASA's Webb to study young exoplanets on the edge

When the atmosphere isn't enough

As different as day and night

New Horizons reaches a rare space milestone

New research reveals secret to Jupiter's curious aurora activity

NASA's Europa Clipper builds hardware, moves toward assembly

First X-rays from Uranus Discovered

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.