SpaceX’s down orbit of the Starlink satellites sparked a conflict between Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Aerospace is being disputed as real estate.
According to the Bloomberg, Elon Musk’s SpaceX group has just asked the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow Starlink – a system of collection of communications satellites – in orbit lower than originally planned. This received opposition from Amazon.
Starlink lowering orbit could cause damage to Amazon’s satellite project. Photo: GeekWire.
Specifically, in 2019, Amazon will develop a project called Kuiper, which brings together satellites providing high-speed Internet. The flight path has been specifically planned by this company with the FCC. By 2020, they will be licensed to launch 3,236 satellites into space. However, no satellites have been operated yet.
SpaceX’s request to the FCC to lower Starlink’s orbit near Earth violated an orbit previously registered by Amazon. Jeff Bezos said that Starlink would obstruct the flight of the Kuiper satellites, jam or collide with them.
Bloomberg said the two richest men like this want to lower satellite orbit to get faster Internet connection.
SpaceX also confirmed to the FCC that placing satellites near Earth will reduce the risk of space waste as they fall into the atmosphere and be destroyed faster than junk from spacecraft.
However, Amazon believes that if Starlink’s orbits are lowered, they will do great damage to the Kuiper project.
Project Kuiper, a potential competitor to SpaceX. Photo: ICT News.
Facing the risk of the Kuiper project being damaged, Amazon asked the FCC to refuse SpaceX’s request.
“SpaceX is hindering competition in the field of satellite development. This group has ignored the public interest to focus on downplaying its competitors,” the official share was posted on Twitter on Twitter on 26 /. first.
In response to the allegation, Elon Musk affirmed that SpaceX “restrains competition” is a confusing statement for the community. He also emphasized that Amazon’s Kuiper project is just a “nascent project”, which has yet to be implemented. Therefore, it is perfectly legal for Starlink to change the trajectory and does not hinder the Amazon project.
SpaceX has launched more than 1,000 communications satellites for his Internet service Starlink, helping Elon Musk to have a large customer base from the US, UK and Canada.
According to the Bloomberg, This group is planning to send about 12,000 satellites into space. The FCC has licensed about 4,400 satellites. Of these, there are 1,584 satellites flying in orbit 550 km above the atmosphere. SpaceX is working to get the remaining 2,824 satellites to be operated at the same altitude.
On October 15, 2019, on behalf of SpaceX, the FCC submitted documents to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to arrange the locations for 30,000 Starlink satellites.
Before launching too many satellites, SpaceX has been criticized by astronomers. Scientists are concerned that the brightness from satellites will interfere with space observations.
According to the Zing / Bloomberg
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