SpaceX is now seeking the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval to further tweak and make revisions to its design for the U.S. Air Force aircraft which aims to use Starlink’s Internet Satellite. The military agency would use Starlink’s offer of connecting anytime and anywhere, potentially expanding the reach of the Air Force.
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An F-16 takes off during a South Korea and US Air Force combined training exercise “Max Thunder” at the Kunsan airbase June 17, 2008 in Kunsan, South Korea. The Max Thunder exercise will test aircrew’s war-fighting skills in realistic combat situations and involve both ROKAF and USAF flying and maintenance units from around the Pacific and continental Untied States.
Elon Musk is in for a treat, as his companies are top priorities are known associates and choices for the service of different U.S. agencies including the prestigious NASA for space, and the Air Force for the country. The popular satellite internet connection that was boasted by Musk is currently up for preorders, and the Air Force is one of its clients.
The venture was completed and sought out several months ago, with the military agency aiming to have stakes on the internet service to be connected at any point in the globe, as Starlink debuts and upholds. This means that the Air Force could have its services available and stronger worldwide, making it easier for them to conduct missions.
SpaceX, Starlink Seeks FCC Approval for Air Force Tweaks
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base carrying the SAOCOM 1A and ITASAT 1 satellites, as seen during a long exposure on October 7, 2018 near Santa Barbara, California. After launching the satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully returned to land on solid ground near the launch site rather than at sea. The satellites will become part of a six-satellite constellation that will work in tandem with an Italian constellation known as COSMO-SkyMed.
SpaceX and Starlink were spotted with an FCC listing that the company has applied to the federal agency, seeking the approval to conduct “minor modifications” to the antennas that are fitted in the aircraft. The venture with the Air Force is still in experimental status, as it aims to connect the aircraft on its systems which are also in testing mode.
Starlink is only at its early stages of releasing, with the company only nearing its release date for the public as it allowed preorders and a waiting list to avail of its services for a satellite internet connection. This also applies to the U.S. Air Force, which is trying out several connectivity services to further expand its reaches and services.
Ball Aerospace is supplying the antennas that are needed for the Starlink connection to the Air Force’s aerial and ground vehicles, as they are awarded the contract to produce materials for various needs of the agency. SpaceX would be working under the Air Force’s Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI), which Ball is also a part of.
SpaceX Starlink Only Needs to Tweak Several Concerns for the Air Force
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According to the listing, SpaceX only requires to modify certain parameters and connection features for the agency, which would complement the connection and service that it would provide once it is life. Soon, the company would be testing its technology for the Air Force, especially as it launches a full-scale service of Starlink’s satellite internet.
Since 2019, SpaceX Starlink has been under the wing of the Air Force, working with them to provide the experimental internet connection which would be beamed down from these satellites. SpaceX is including both ground and aerial vehicles for this venture, along with stationary ground sites, and one moving aircraft for its tests.
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