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Fri Nov 18, 2016, 12:41 PM Nov 2016

SpaceX just took another step toward delivering superfast Internet from space [View all]

SpaceX has asked the government for permission to test what could someday be a massive network of satellites that will beam Internet service down to Earth.

The application, filed Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission, proposes a fleet of what will eventually include more than 4,400 satellites, covering the United States and the rest of the globe. SpaceX needs regulatory approval from the FCC to use the wireless airwaves that would power this network.

Orbiting more than 700 miles up, the satellites could provide speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second, per user, according to a technical attachment to the filing. That's as much bandwidth as some premium Internet providers offer entire households. SpaceX would start by launching 800 satellites, the filing said.

“The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental and professional users worldwide,” according to the technical attachment. “Once fully deployed, the SpaceX System will pass over virtually all parts of the Earth’s surface and therefore, in principle, have the ability to provide ubiquitous global service.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/11/17/spacex-just-asked-to-test-its-orbital-internet-service-made-up-of-4400-satellites/

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