SpaceX Seeks FCC Approval to ‘Increase’ Starlink Mobile Service Capacity
SpaceX operates a constellation of approximately 2,700 Starlink satellites that provide high-speed internet access in 37 countries. About a month ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved SpaceX’s use of Starlink aboard moving vehicles, including cruise ships, airplanes and motor homes.
The company already has contracts to provide Starlink Internet to Hawaiian Airlines and JSX charter flights for passengers. In June, Starlink user antenna terminals were installed aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship to provide Wi-Fi to vacationers in the middle of the ocean where internet is generally unreliable. On July 25, SpaceX filed a new filing with the FCC seeking permission to use the 2 Ghz (gigahertz) frequency to “increase” Starlink Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) capacity for “mobile users” living in the “most remote corners of the country”. In the filing, a SpaceX says it plans to use Starlink satellites to deliver the Internet “virtually anywhere” directly to users without the need to build cellular base ground stations. The mobile system will use existing Starlink ground stations that are used for Fixed Satellite Service (FSS). SpaceX told the FCC it had the technology to operate a reliable MSS after acquiring Swarm Technologies in 2021, a company that is working to build a very high-end Internet of Things (IoT) constellation. small satellites (CubeSats) in low Earth orbit to deliver mobile broadband data anywhere in the world. Now that Swarm Technologies is an official subsidiary of SpaceX, the company plans to integrate the technology directly into Starlink Mobile Service Capacity satellites to operate in the 2Ghz range. This would allow SpaceX to deliver mobile internet anywhere on the planet. SpaceX said mobile satellite service in the 2 Ghz band “will deliver service with latency of less than 50 milliseconds, which is almost imperceptible to consumers.”
“Americans increasingly demand connectivity wherever they are, whenever they want and whatever they do,” SpaceX wrote to the FCC. “In particular, they have become accustomed to being able to connect using small portable devices that they can carry with them or affix to mobile platforms. To expand into this area of mobile services, SpaceX recently acquired Swarm Technologies, Inc. (“Swarm”), a company licensed to deploy and operate 150 small NGSOs [Non-geostationary satellite orbit] satellites designed to provide narrowband services in the very high frequency (“VHF”) bands 137-138 MHz and 148-150.5 MSS […] Swarm has already launched most of its licensed satellites and provides services to customers in the agriculture, marine, energy, environment, and transportation industries, among others who require global connectivity. via satellite for Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices,” the app states.
“This system will ensure that all Americans — even those in the polar regions — enjoy the same low-latency mobile services,” SpaceX wrote. “And consumers aren’t the only beneficiaries of this improved service. For many federal users, satellite service is the only communication option to support mission critical. Improving capacity and latency for these users could have significant national security benefits. All these services are of public interest.
Source: This news was originally published by Tesmanian