SpaceX satellite broadband fleet picks up endorsement of FCC head Ajit PaiGet the Full StorySpaceX hopes to launch a global fleet of small internet-beaming satellites in the next few years, and Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai wants to grant SpaceX that opportunity.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, Pai urged the other four FCC commissioners to support an approval of SpaceX's application to put a constellation of thousands of satellites into orbit some 700 miles above Earth. The satellites would be especially useful for expanding internet access to rural areas, Pai said:
“Following careful review of this application by our International Bureau’s excellent satellite engineering experts, I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans," Pai said. Read more...More about Space, Science, Internet, Elon Musk, and Spacex