An appeals court has upheld Elon Musk’s SpaceX plan to deploy some Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit.
The original approval came from the FCC in 2021.
SpaceX’s plan It was part of a campaign to provide a broad space internet to people who currently lack internet access.
Competitors opposed Viasat Inc. and DISH Network Corp.
SPACEX has launched more than 46 STARLINK satellites into orbit
Viasat said she believes “the decision is a setback for both space safety and environmental protection.”
The company added that if the court had forced the FCC to address “the complex issues surrounding the deployment of giant towers in[low Earth orbit]we believe harmful effects that could last for decades or even centuries to come” could have been avoided.
In a lawsuit, Viasat noted that SpaceX’s deployment plan was massive, noting, “For comparison, nearly 10,000 satellites have been launched, in total, in all of human history.”
“We will remain vigilant in ensuring that SpaceX’s operations do not harm millions of satellite customers,” DISH said.
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SpaceX did not immediately comment.
last week, T-Mobile United States And SpaceX announced their collaboration to boost cellular service to remote areas via Starlink satellites.
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The companies said the service will eliminate the need for cell towers and will do so cellular service extension to areas where it does not currently exist.
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The new texting service is expected to be in a beta phase starting by the end of next year.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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