Following Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s space company Blue Origin’s protest against NASA and Elon Musk’s exclusive space exploration technology company (SpaceX) After the cooperation, the two rich men began to “fight” again.
According to media reports,
the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved SpaceX on Tuesday to operate 2,814 Starlink satellites in a lower orbit than originally planned, and this has caused dissatisfaction with competitors such as Amazon and OneWeb.
At present, SpaceX’s Starlink network has more than 1,300 satellites in orbit,
and the company will continue to provide a large number of satellites to provide network services around the world in the future.
Amazon and OneWeb are also developing their own satellite Internet networks. OneWeb has launched 182 of the 648 originally planned satellites. Amazon’s Kuiper (Kuiper) low-orbit broadband satellite was approved by the FCC in 2020 and will launch 3,236 satellites.
It is reported that SpaceX was approved in 2019 to operate its first phase of 1,584 satellites in orbits below the planned orbit.
Almost all of these satellites have now entered space. The FCC’s decision on Tuesday means that SpaceX can reduce the height of the next phase of 2,814 satellites from about 1,150 kilometers to about 550 kilometers.
This decision hits competitors such as Amazon and OneWeb to a certain extent, because this adjustment may affect their company’s satellite launches and even risk of collisions. They have been trying to persuade the FCC to reject this application.
But according to the FCC, SpaceX’s application for amendment has been met with nearly 200 complaints from organizations including Amazon and OneWeb. However, the FCC said that Starlink satellites operating in a lower orbit will not cause obvious interference problems, but can allow abandoned Starlink satellites to burn faster in the atmosphere through guidance.
lowering the altitude of Starlink satellites may be good news for astronomers, because they have been complaining for many years that Starlink satellites affect astronomical observations, and lowering the altitude will effectively reduce the sunlight reflected by the satellites.