Boeing’s 147-satellite V-band constellation approved by FCC

Approval of Boeing’s Application

FLORIDA — TAMPA, FLORIDA — The Federal Communications Commission has approved Boeing’s request to build and operate 147 non-geostationary (NGSO) broadband satellites.

Boeing requested a licence to create a constellation using a high-frequency V-band spectrum over five years ago, amid a flurry of NGSO applications from SpaceX, OneWeb, and others.

The business is the last of the first wave of NGSO applicants to receive FCC approval for their constellation designs. It now has six years to launch half of its intended satellites and nine years to deploy the rest of the constellation to meet regulatory requirements.

Contents of the Plan

The plan calls for 132 satellites to be launched into LEO at a distance of 1,056 kilometres, with the remaining spacecraft circling between 27,355 and 44,221 kilometres. Customers who require worldwide services include residential, business, institutional, governmental, and enterprise customers.

Despite being better known for creating gigantic spacecraft for geostationary orbit, Boeing purchased small satellite specialist Millennium Space Systems in 2018. (GEO). This was done in order to broaden its knowledge in the rapidly expanding NGSO market. In an email, a Boeing representative remarked, “Boeing believes satellite technologies will have a multi-orbit future.”

“With the growing need for satellite communications, more diversity in orbital regimes and the frequencies will be essential.” The key goal is to have room for our clients’ different needs, and we see V-band as a technique to give some of that type. While FCC was considering the, we continued working on establishing convincing V-band use cases and budding the underlying technology.”

Use of the Frequencies

V-band frequencies that are higher than Ku-band and Ka-band spectrum, are utilized by SpaceX‘s Starlink, the widest NGSO broadband provider with more than 1,600 satellites in LEO.

If higher frequencies are employed, faster broadband services may be achievable. However, because to the possibility of rain attenuation, which can harm V-band transmissions, they represent a risk of interference.

In September, Ryan Reid, Boeing’s commercial satellite programme manager, told reporters that the corporation was still looking for partners for its constellation while waiting for FCC approval.

Thanks to the FCC’s approval, Boeing will be permitted to provide fixed-satellite services in portions of V-band, as well as perform inter-satellite links in certain V-band frequencies. The FCC denied Boeing’s request to conduct inter-satellite communications in Ka-band and other areas of the V-band to address concerns voiced throughout the application process.

Boeing’s projected constellation, according to SpaceX, might cause harmful interference with other mega-constellations.

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