SpaceX files 29,988-satellite W-band network, using Kingdom of Tonga as regulatory home

by Peter B. de Selding

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — SpaceX has filed advance notice with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through Tonga for a constellation of 29,988 satellites in 288 orbital planes at multiple altitudes between 350 and 614 kilometers.

The network, called ESIAFI II, would use W-band frequencies in in both the fixed and mobile satellite service bands.

The filing was registered on Oct. 11 at the ITU and is believed to be the first time that SpaceX has used the Kingdom of Tonga

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