US federal authorities authorize SpaceX space to enter the Earth orbit of a 11,943 satellite composition to expand the reach of a fast internet connection in the next decade.
The SpaceX series multiplies the number of satellites currently underway around the Earth, not counting the competitive projects of other companies, including OneWeb, with 900 planned satellites.
Since the Sputnik launch in 1957, just over 8,000 objects have been launched to a place, with more than 4,800 of them still being an orbit, according to the United Nations Office for External Space Issues. But according to the US Army Registry, less than 2,000 would still be active.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it had authorized the launch of 7,518 satellites by SpaceX, as well as 4,425 other objects already approved by the same company in March by that agency.
No of those satellites were launched. SpaceX has six years to give a half in orbit, and nine for the total, according to CCG rules.
SpaceX wants to implement most of this restriction in a very low volume: between 335 and 356 km in height, which would allow a very short communication time between the satellites and the Internet user on Earth.
In a tweet in May, Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, said there was a time of 25 millisegonds for two test launches launched in February, enough for two fast video games, back to him.
But low heights are difficult to maintain and usually small lifebirds have a short life of a few years.
Flintshire County Council also authorized other companies to launch hundreds of satellites: Kepler (140 satellites), Telesat (117 satellites) and LeoSat (78 satellites).