Technology 

SpaceX satellite broadband plans ready to blast off – CNET

SpaceX will be launching a test of its planned satellite internet service aboard a Falcon 9 Saturday. SpaceX A week after successfully launching its huge Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX is set to blast off another test of a long-awaited new product.  More than three years ago we learned Elon Musk and his rocket company were working on developing satellites to provide low-cost internet access around the world. The first pair of demonstration satellites for the company’s “Starlink” service will finally be launched into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 on Saturday, according…

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OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Federal Communications Commission requirement that developers of non-geostationary-orbit (NGSO) satellite systems provide full coverage of the United States to get market access has  prospective megaconstellation operators pitted against each other. The FCC, in a notice of proposed rulemaking that closed Jan. 29, asked for input on whether it should maintain the nationwide coverage requirement, noting that some proposed systems are not designed to reach all of the continental U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. OneWeb, with investors Intelsat and Hughes, and Alaska’s governor were…

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Quika promises (mostly) free satellite broadband service

This article originally appeared in the Jan. 29, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Satellite network operator Quika Ltd. is launching an “entirely free” internet service this spring in Afghanistan and Iraq and plans to reach nearly half of all African nations this summer. Announced this month at the Cabsat 2018 conference in Dubai, the Quika Free service relies on leased Ka-band satellite capacity to deliver what its founders are calling “the world’s first entirely free high-speed satellite internet for consumers in developing countries.” There is a catch, though: Quika Free…

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