FCC Approval for Space-X to Deploy 7000+ Satellites

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Jul 30, 2008
W.Babylon N.Y. 11704

Media Contact:
Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506

For Immediate Release


WASHINGTON, November 15, 2018—The Federal Communications Commission today
approved the requests of four companies—Space Exploration Holdings, LLC (SpaceX), Kepler
Communications, Inc. (Kepler), Telesat Canada (Telesat), and LeoSat MA, Inc. (LeoSat)—
seeking to roll-out new and expanded services using proposed non-geostationary satellite orbit
(NGSO) satellites. These proposed satellite systems are expected to enable fixed satellite service
in the United States, expanding global connectivity and advancing the goals of increasing highspeed
broadband availability and competition in the marketplace.

In a Memorandum Opinion, Order and Authorization, the Commission granted SpaceX’s
application with certain conditions, authorizing SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a new
very-low-Earth orbit constellation of more than 7,000 satellites using V-band frequencies. The
Commission also granted SpaceX’s request to add the 37.5-42.0 GHz, and 47.2-50.2 GHz
frequency bands to its previously authorized NGSO constellation. The Commission’s action
provides SpaceX with additional flexibility to provide both diverse geographic coverage and the
capacity to support a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential,
commercial, institutional, governmental, and professional users in the United States and globally.
In an Order and Declaratory Ruling, the Commission granted Kepler’s request for U.S. market
access with certain conditions. The Commission’s action will allow Kepler to offer global
connectivity for the Internet of Things, especially sensors and other intelligent devices as well as
other FSS offerings using its proposed constellation of NGSO satellites in the 10.7-12.7 GHz and
14.0-14.5 GHz frequency bands. Kepler’s proposed NGSO system, consisting of 140 satellites, is
licensed by Canada.

In an Order and Declaratory Ruling, the Commission granted Telesat’s request for U.S. market
access with certain conditions in the 37.5-42.0 GHz, and 47.2- 50.2 GHz frequency bands. The
Commission’s action enables Telesat to offer high-speed, low-latency communication services in
the United States using its proposed constellation of NGSO satellites enhancing competition
among existing and future FSS satellite systems. Telesat’s proposed NGSO system, consisting of
117 satellites, is licensed by Canada.

In an Order and Declaratory Ruling, the Commission also granted LeoSat’s request for U.S.
market access with certain conditions in the 17.8-18.6 GHz, 18.8-19.4 GHz, 19.6-20.2 GHz, 27.5-
29.1 GHz, and 29.5-30.0 GHz frequency bands, using its proposed constellation of NGSO
satellites. Today’s action facilitates the provision of new and innovative satellite broadband
services in the United States by LeoSat, including high-speed connectivity for enterprises and
underserved communities. LeoSat’s proposed NGSO system consists of 78 satellites, which will
operate under the ITU filings of France and a planned authorization from the Netherlands.
With today’s actions, the FCC has granted 13 market access requests and satellite applications to
nine companies for NGSO FSS constellations seeking authority to provide next-generation
connectivity across the country in the past 18 months. The Commission continues to process
additional requests.

Action by the Commission November 15, 2018 by Memorandum Opinion, Order and
Authorization (FCC 18-161); Order and Declaratory Ruling (FCC 18-162); Order and Declaratory
Ruling (FCC 18-163); and Order and Declaratory Ruling (FCC 18-164). Chairman Pai,
Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, and Rosenworcel approving each. Chairman Pai, Commissioners
O’Rielly, Carr, and Rosenworcel issuing separate statements.

IBFS File Nos. SAT-LOA-20170301-00027, SAT-PDR-20161115-00114, SAT-PDR-20170301-
00023, SAT-PDR-20161115-00112


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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order
constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).


Jul 4, 2010
With the deployment of 5G millimeter wave sites in lamp posts, telephone poles, etc. in 2020, and now this announcement, it's time to line the ol' lady's mobile home with copper mesh...

Where are the studies on the effects of microwave (26Ghz, etc) on human tissue over long periods of exposure? 5G terrestrial networks do not look inviting at all.

Marketing and profits before human health...


Oct 29, 2018
Swanton, MD
First thing that comes to mind with this is what altitude ASL these VLEOS's will orbit? Second is the frequency band these will be operating on and the fact that considering these will be orbiting so quickly, ground level antennas will have to be omnidirectional vs. a beam antenna to geostationary satellites now. Which should mean we will be in a field of V-band 24/7 even if it is low level. Third is how will this affect radio quiet zones? And lastly - depending on the altitude, can other countries state we are in their airspace? Looked around the internet but didn't find any concrete answers for what VLEO range is or where these proposed 7000 will be orbiting. This whole thing really seems foolish to me. Maybe I'm missing something here or just not understanding the bigger picture with this project.


Oct 29, 2018
Swanton, MD
ipfd320 - different Orbit. besides its, kinda redundant as ATSC 3.0 is Coming in 2019, FREE 4K HDR HDTV and FREE Broadband internet in ONE. best of all ATSC 3.0 has a Mobile component, allowing HDTV and Broadband ON THE GO.
Comparing apples and oranges. ATSC 3.0 won't even be accessible to most unless it is via satellite, and if it is, then it will be geostationary satellites which means your upload will lag exponentially compared to a VLEOS network considering the distance there and back as well as the limited bandwidth of a small number of stations in geosynchronous orbit that will be there to transceive. I love radio tech, but I really wish more companies would have more focus on laying out fiber networks when it comes to bandwidths of these sizes. I don't think we really understand the long term health effects this might have, nor do I think once it is in place will anyone care enough to shut it down, should it prove harmful. Considering the frequency it will be running at, it could easily be the carrier for ATSC 3.0 but I don't think that is what they have in mind.
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