FCC’s approval of 7,500 Starlink Gen 2 satellites is no free pass for SpaceX; SpaceX files Gen 2 at ITU

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE AprI 4, 2023: SpaceX on April 3 filed its Starlink Gen 2 constellation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), detailing a 29,988-satellite constellation in 288 orbital planes between 340 and 614 kilometers in altitude and using Ku-Ka- and W-band frequencies.

The filing appears similar to the constellation SpaceX had proposed to U.S. regulators. In December, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a limited constellation of 7,500 Gen 2 satellites but postponed a decision on the full 30,000-satellite constellation pending a detailed review.

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