CRTC gives green light to Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet

CRTC gives green light to Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet
CRTC gives green light to Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet

Space Exploration Technologies Corp (SpaceX), Elon Musk’s rocket and spacecraft company, wants to provide high-speed Internet service to hard-to-reach rural areas around the world by launching thousands into space. small satellites.

These will orbit just 550 kilometers above the Earth, significantly speeding up interaction with home computers on the ground. By comparison, traditional telecommunications satellites orbit more than 20,000 km above the Earth.

Elon Musk’s project promises to become a reality soon for Canadians, as the CRTC sent a letter of approval last Thursday to SpaceX CFO Bret Johnson.

The Commission received 2,585 interventions regarding the application from Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to conclude operating licenses for basic international telecommunications services (BITs), can we read in the communication.

After considering the comments received, the Commission approved the application and a BITS license is attached.


The vast majority of those who intervened were Canadian individuals who live in rural areas of the country who are supporting the demand.

A network of 12,000 satellites

Since May 2019, SpaceX has been deploying trains of 60 satellites approximately twice a month. The most recent launch took place at Cape Canaveral on Sunday aboard the company’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket. This brings the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to 835. Ultimately, the network will include some 12,000 machines.

It is not yet clear how soon Canadians will be able to access the Starlink service. SpaceX has said it will begin beta testing of the service with volunteer homes in Canada and parts of the northern United States this fall.

Musk, who is also behind electric car maker Tesla, has been cautious in his predictions of how the service will work, telling those attending the conference Satellite 2020 in Washington, in March, that it reaches the 3 to 4% of the rural clientele who just doesn’t have connectivity right now, where connectivity is really bad.

SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment from CBC Monday.

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