SpaceX Wants to Launch Starlink Mobile Service, Reveals Filing
According to PCMag, SpaceX has filed an application with the FCC to begin using the 2GHz spectrum band to operate what it calls a “Mobile-Satellite Service.”
“Americans are increasingly demanding connectivity wherever they are, whenever they want, and whatever they are doing,” SpaceX notes in the filing.
“In particular, they have grown accustomed to being able to connect using small, hand-held devices that they can carry with them or affix to mobile platforms,” adds SpaceX.
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The move would require SpaceX to augment its Starlink satellites with hardware to communicate via the 2GHz band.
The company is already planning to add a “modular payload” to future Starlink launches, which would be capable of using the 2GHz radio band for mobile service.