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SpaceX gets approval to launch 7,000 internet-beaming satellites
2018-11-15T18:51:03Z - Loren Grush / The Verge
The approval is in addition to one that SpaceX received from the FCC in March for a constellation of 4,425 satellites. That means the company now has permission to launch its full satellite internet constellation called Starlink, which adds up to nearly 12,000 spacecraft. SpaceX’s approvals are conditional, thoughSo far, SpaceX has only launched two test satellites for the constellation — TinTin A and B. The two satellites went into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket in February, and have remained in orbit ever since. In a recent study, NASA estimated that 99 percent of these satellites will need to be taken out of orbit within five years of launch.

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