SpaceX and OneWeb say their online satellite stars can stay together.
Companies have written to the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) jointly announces a consensus on low Earth orbit (LEO) to integrate the spectrum between broadband clusters for the next generation.
On June 13, SpaceX and OneWeb called the FCC to reconsider its earlier submission of objectionable comments regarding spectrum communications to LEO. SpaceX and OneWeb submitted first-generation online astronaut proposals to the FCC in 2016, following a second round of 2020 next-generation satellite launches for each company. At the same time, SpaceX and OneWeb have filed complaints with the FCC in an attempt to reach an agreement. Now, it seems that companies are working in terms of friendship.
To date, SpaceX has launched more than 2,700 Starlink satellites in LEO and has received FCC approval to make that number up to 12,000. However, the next-generation SpaceX Starlink constellation, which will have larger satellites introduced by the company’s Starship car, may eventually have as many as 30,000 spacecraft.
OneWeb received similar approvals from the FCC for its plans to build a 648 broadband satellite channel and expressed hope that it would eventually bring that number to 7,000 with upgraded spacecraft versions. The British company launched more than half of the first-generation satellites, but that progress slowed earlier this year due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
OneWeb has been launching its satellites with Russian-made Soyuz rockets. However, that relationship ended after the attack, leaving OneWeb without a startup provider.
In response, OneWeb turned to SpaceX, a competitor in the satellite internet market. As the first sign of reducing corporate tensions, OneWeb announced in March that it had awarded SpaceX a launch contract to help complete its first-generation constellation. Now, both companies are taking another step forward.