SpaceX Looks To Test Starlink In Alaska As It Gears For Launch
Astronautic launch services provider SpaceX is readying up to test its Starlink network in the polar region of Alaska, South Carolina and Tennessee. SpaceX, which is busy building the constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) intends to launch Starlink soon and use funds from the network to fund building super-heavy-lift launch vehicles that will facilitate deep space exploration.
SpaceX Still Hopes To Launch Starlink Later This Year Reveals International Bureau Filing
In its filing with the FCC's International Bureau, SpaceX has highlighted plans to expand Starlink testing across three more U.S. states. The company was granted permission by the Bureau in July to test its ground stations in six states, and it secured approval for testing in three more states in July and in August.
Through these tests, SpaceX intends to verify the uplink and downlink capabilities of its Earth stations. These stations are the part of three essential components that the network will rely on for connectivity, especially until it's populated with the first generation of Starlink satellites. To allow users to connect to the satellite internet, SpaceX will provide them with terminals that will relay data to the orbiting spacecraft. The satellites will then beam this data to the user terminal, which will complete the link between the Starlink user and internet servers.
In its second generation of Starlink satellites, SpaceX will partially remove the need for these Earth stations. The company intends to achieve this through intra-optical (laser-based) communication between the satellites, and to that effect, it ...
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