SpaceX, a space launch service provider and equipment manufacturer, is pushing ahead with plans for the Starlink program at full speed, eventually generating revenue by providing satellite Internet services to U.S. consumers. The key to the successful operation of satellites and ground receivers is that SpaceX must be able to access 12.2ghz-12.7ghz as other entities.
However, various difficulties have been encountered in the process, especially the friction between SpaceX and non mvdds telecom service providers who oppose the mvdds alliance. But that turned around earlier this year, when SpaceX filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lower the altitude of the Starlink satellite currently in orbit. Mvdds alliance thinks that lower orbit and transmission through 12GHz spectrum will affect the ground 5g operation.
to this end, Mr. Brendan Carr of the FCC and other members of the FCC held consultations with SpaceX last week to discuss the consequences of limiting Starlink’s use of the 12GHz spectrum. SpaceX believes that if the right to use the 12GHz spectrum is deprived, the use of Starlink will face a huge manufacturing investment risk.
Mr. Campbell believes that access to this frequency band only accounts for 3.6% of the total spectrum available to SpaceX, and the company’s proposed modification will eventually significantly change the specifications Starlink initially described to the Committee. In particular, RS access told FCC that by changing the elevation angle of its Starlink user terminal, SpaceX will not only eventually limit the ground 5g service, but also cause interference problems of the network itself.
in order to refute this view, SpaceX told FCC that at present, mvdds alliance does not have any evidence that changes in Starlink specifications will cause interference with ground 5g business. At the meeting, the company claimed that it was the responsibility of the alliance to protect non geostationary fixed satellite service (NGSO FSS) satellite service operators from any interference that might be caused by their terrestrial 5g services, an obligation highlighted by e-cfr (electronic code of federal regulations).
at the meeting, the representative of SpaceX said that the company had invested more than $70 million in the production of Starlink user terminals, and it was estimated that the production progress of the terminals would be further accelerated. Previous filings to the Committee show that SpaceX has been authorized by the FCC to test Starlink in several states in the United States, and the company is expected to start commercial operations later this year.
the company’s ex party filing with the FCC revealed key details of the network. According to SpaceX, it has invested $70 million in Starlink consumer terminal manufacturing and currently produces 120 Starlink satellites a month. These consumer terminals are used by users to connect satellites, and their downlink frequencies will be similar to those used in the 5g terrestrial network planned by the mvdds alliance.
in response to the negative claim that changing Starlink height and elevation would interfere with the ground 5g network, SpaceX said in front of the Committee representatives that it had submitted a certification to the FCC that lower altitudes would not affect ground coverage. The change also addresses FCC’s main concern about Starlink’s ability to delay, as SpaceX believes that a lower height will improve consumer delay. The company plans to reduce the altitude of Starlink, which runs 1110-132km above earth, to 540-570km.