Boeing receives approval from the US for a satellite grid that will provide internet from space
Boeing received approval from the United States on Wednesday for a project to launch satellites that will provide internet services from space.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced in a statement that it had granted Boeing a license to "build, deploy, and operate a satellite constellation" that will "provide broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental, and professional users in the United States and around the world."
"Advanced satellite broadband services have a critical role to play in connecting hard-to-reach communities," said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
The FCC approved 147 satellites, the vast majority of which will be in low orbit: 132 could be placed at a height of about 600 miles (1,000 km), and 15 would be much higher, at a height of between 17,000 and 27,000 miles.
Clients in the United States will be the first to benefit from the service, followed by clients all over the world.
In a statement, Boeing stated, "Boeing sees a multi-orbit future for satellite technologies."
"As the demand for satellite communications grows, diversity across orbital regimes and frequencies will be required to meet unique customer demands, and we see V-band as contributing to some of that diversity," Boeing said.
Competing companies are already working on other satellite constellation projects.
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has already launched over 1,500 satellites into orbit as part of the Starlink network, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is working on a similar project called Kuiper.