SpaceX’s plan to deploy its satellite system composed of 4,425 individual satellites working in tandem was approved by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States, so Elon Musk’s company is now legally authorized to carry out its plan to launch those satellites into Earth orbit.
The satellite network got the name “Starlink” and will come online if at least 900 satellites are active. Starlink will use frequencies in the Ka and Ku brands and plans to provide global internet connectivity with high speeds and low latency. The satellites are planned to orbit from 1,000 to 1325 km from the surface, while current telecommunication satellites could have a distance of more than 35,000 km from the Earth.
Current satellites which provide broadband internet have latencies of at least 600 ms, while Starlink will have no more than 25-30 ms in latency.
The plan at SpaceX is that they are going to start launching satellites in 2019 and will have 50% of the total satellites planned to be launched by 2024. According to SpaceX, they will manage to launch the second half by Q1 2027.