Boeing on Wednesday received US approval for a project to launch satellites that provide Internet services from space.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a statement that it has granted the aerospace giant a license to build, deploy and operate a satellite constellation that “provides broadband and communications services to residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users in the world USA and worldwide. “
“Advanced satellite broadband services play an important role in connecting difficult-to-use communities,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, chairwoman of the FCC.
The FCC gave the green light to 147 satellites, the vast majority of which will be in low orbit: 132 could be placed at an altitude of about 600 miles (1,000 km), and 15 would be much higher, between about 17,000 and 27,000 miles .
The service will initially be available to customers in the United States and then worldwide.
“Boeing sees a multi-orbit future for satellite technologies,” the aerospace company said in a statement.
“As the demand for satellite communications grows, diversity across orbital regimes and frequencies will be required to meet unique customer requirements, and we see V-band as a contribution to providing some of that diversity,” added Boeing.
Other satellite constellation projects are already being rolled out by competing companies.
US billionaire Elon Musk, head of space company SpaceX, has already put more than 1,500 satellites into orbit to build the Starlink network, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a similar project called Kuiper.