SpaceX’s space-based Internet service Starlink may have gotten a lot of press coverage for its satellites and the feats they have accomplished as of late, however, there is another important component to Elon Musk’s network dream that is undergoing tests of their own on the sidelines.
According to a report by Ramis Zafar on wccftech.com, the private aerospace company has been able to be given approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to add three more additional testing sites for its Earth-based stations. These are to complement the satellite crafts that the company will launch that will form a vast network that will be Starlink’s backbone for operations.
The new locations, Zafar shares, are in Kansas, Utah, and Florida. However, the permit given to the company was only temporary as they compete with other Multichannel Video and Data Service (MVDDS) for the 12GHz band that they will use for the Internet service that they will provide to their consumers.
The tests will be conducted by the company before its provisional approval gets expired. Licenses of the ones in Kansas and Utah are set to expire by the end of September while the Florida testing site is set to end in late October, writes Zafar.
Zafar also adds that SpaceX will broadcast using different frequency bands of 17GHz, 18GHz, 19GHz, 28GHz, and 29GHz. Citing official documents, they add that the space company will ensure that it’s testing to make sure that the infrastructure would be ready for commercial deployment poised for the later part of this year.
SpaceX has also asked the FCC earlier this year to give them permission to change a few parameters of its Starlink infrastructure but it hasn’t been granted yet as of press time. These changes include the altitude of its crafts first and foremost.