The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave SpaceX official permission to Elon Musk to create a network of a million terrestrial antennas for the Starlink project.
It’s not clear how these Starlink terrestrial antennas will be used. According to Musk, their use does not require special knowledge: “Our goal is to make it so that it was necessary to perform only two actions in any order: aim at the sky and turn it on.”
Already, the company has launched 350 Starlink satellites into Earth orbit. By the end of the year, Elon Musk will launch another 180 satellites, and in 2021 plans to launch a test operation of the satellite Internet system in the United States and Canada.
In 2019, SpaceX launched two batches of 60 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit. In total, the company wants to deploy 12 thousand spacecraft to create a full-blown network that will provide Earth’s inhabitants with broadband Internet access anywhere in the world.
Launched satellites in the future should create an InternetX network. Earlier, the head of the company, Elon Musk, said that the Internet, distributed from satellites, will work 40 times faster than any operator on Earth. The devices will operate at an altitude of 550 km.