U.S FCC approves Boeing’s satellite internet system

Can now launch 147 satellites

Yesterday, Boeing's satellite internet project finally got authorized by The Federal Communications Commission.

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Boeing first filed with the FCC back in 2017 requesting approval of a V-band Constellation of low earth orbit satellites. Four years later, Boeing can now continue its plans to build, launch and operate its broadband internet network from space.

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The company will place 132 satellites into low Earth orbit at an altitude of 1,056 kilometres and 15 Non-Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites at an altitude between 27,355 and 44,221 km. Both will provide broadband internet and communications services to residential consumers, government, and business users in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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“Advanced satellite broadband services have an important role to play in connecting hard-to-serve communities,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “We are committed to a careful and detailed review of all such applications and I thank the International Bureau team for their work completing this first round of NGSO applications.”

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