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SpaceX To Enter India Through StarLink

SpaceX, USA's most famous space private transportation service and the aerospace manufacturer has requested the Government of India to facilitate the approvals of the use of satellite technology, hence helping it taking a giant leap forward in making internet available in the remotest rural areas of the country.

In simpler term, Starlink is a project wherein thousands of satellites(4,400 satellites) are sent in space and make a net or constellation of satellite right above the Earth. The purpose of these satellites is to provide internet and network to the whole world no matter where or what the topography of the place is.

Patricia Cooper the Vice President of satellite government affairs at SpaceX has stated that “Powerful next-generation satellite systems flying today that can reach all corners of the country with high-speed affordable service are critical to bridging the digital divide.” These were stated during a filing with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

“A diverse mix of broadband technology platforms and service providers, including those new to India’s market, will best accelerate broadband access across the nation,” she added. “SpaceX stands ready to discuss how innovation in satellite design, deployment and ground networks can support the country’s broadband goals.”

According to reports Starlink, when built completely, will consist of satellites each weighing roughly 260 kg present in the lower Earth orbits of altitude of 2000 km. SpaceX has put forward a plan to launch the beta test for its product in Northern Canada and the US this year. The company proposes to quickly extend to near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021.

SpaceX showed a sudden interest in India because TRAI asked for consultation on enhancing broadband access and penetration in India. The company’s representation of TRAI can be seen as a suggestion of its plans for originating Spacelink in India in the coming future.

Last month the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) published a draft Space Communications Policy, which promoted policy steps to encourage private support in the space communications sector. The policy states the need to secure satellite communications by making it easier for private members to launch satellite broadbands.

The policy criteria described in ISRO’s draft paper talked about re-assigning remaining orbital sources to beings that are better qualified to use them and, the setting up of an independent body beneath the Department of Space (DoS), to be called the Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), which will be tasked with profiting space communications projects.

It is likely to face a difficult fight with Amazon that declared an over $10 billion (roughly Rs. 74,487 crores) stake in a satellite broadband project in late July.