SpaceX Targets Faster Internet with Lower-Orbit Starlink Satellites

SpaceX is seeking regulatory approval to enhance its Starlink satellite internet service by positioning a group of second-generation satellites closer to Earth.

The company filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week to operate some of their satellites within a lower orbit range between 340-360km (211-223 miles) above the Earth’s surface. This is some 200km (124 miles) lower than their current orbits. (via PCMag)

In its filing, which you can read below, SpaceX said this proposed adjustment aims to improve Starlink’s performance, with the company emphasizing benefits such as reduced latency and increased speed for a broad spectrum of users. The company highlighted that these enhancements are not just theoretical; its second-generation satellites have already demonstrated superior performance capabilities, even in the face of maximum atmospheric drag experienced during the initial phases of orbit.

SpaceX also outlined other advantages of this lower orbit operation, including the potential for heightened space sustainability. The move to lower orbits was portrayed as a measure to mitigate space traffic and collision risks, addressing growing concerns over satellite congestion in Earth’s orbit.

Moreover, this strategy simplifies the process of retiring satellites by ensuring they can be de-orbited more efficiently, ultimately burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere without leaving traceable debris.

Although specific figures on the expected improvements in internet speeds were not disclosed, Elon Musk has previously said that the company aims to reduce latency to below 20 milliseconds, aligning with their broader goals of providing high-speed internet access across the globe, especially in underserved and remote areas where traditional broadband services are either unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

You can read the full filing below.

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