Just one day after it was revealed that the Falcon 9 rocket from aerospace manufacturer SpaceX made a hole in the ionosphere last year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his company received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval to set up the largest internet service in space!
The company now has permission to operate 4,425 satellites and bring internet to remote and rural areas. The official FCC press release states that it’s the first time in history when “a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation” is approved “to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies.”
Currently, satellite internet is extremely slow as the satellites in question orbit too high. Elon Musk’s project wants to launch its satellites at a lower orbit of less than 1,000 miles in altitude.
The FCC has also approved similar requests by companies like OneWeb, Space Norway, and Telesat in order to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition.
Meanwhile, Musk’s other company Tesla Motors has recalled 123,000 Model S electric cars due to a small flaw.