SpaceX wants regulators to OK lower-orbit, all-Ku-band deployment for 1,584 satellites

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON — SpaceX has asked U.S. regulators to allow the company to modify its Starlink satellite broadband constellation to operate a first generation of satellites at lower orbit, using only Ku-band, while developing dual Ku-/Ka-band antennas for future satellites.

The company said the new orbital architecture would allow it “to begin populating a new orbital shell before the end of 2019,” significantly faster than its originally designed system.

In documents sent Nov. 8 to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), SpaceX . . .

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