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Court of Appeal upholds SpaceX satellite plan

An appeals court upheld Elon Musk’s SpaceX plan to put some Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit.

Initial approval was received from the FCC in 2021.

The SpaceX project was part of a campaign to provide enough internet space for people who don’t currently have internet access.

Competitors opposed Viasat Inc. and DISH Network Corp.

SPACEX launched more than 46 STARLINK satellites into orbit

Elon Musk, founder and chief engineer of SpaceX. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)/Getty Images)

Viasat said it believes “this decision is a failure for space safety and environmental protection.”

The company added that while the court has compelled the FCC to resolve “difficult issues related to the deployment of giant towers in[orbite terrestre basse]we believe that adverse effects that could last decades or even centuries” could have been avoided.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of 53 Starlink satellites lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in April 2022. (Reuters/Steve Nesios/Reuters photo)

In the lawsuit, Viasat noted that SpaceX’s deployment plan was massive, noting, “By comparison, a total of about 10,000 satellites have been launched in the entire history of mankind.”

“We will remain vigilant to ensure that SpaceX’s operations do not harm millions of satellite customers,” DISH said.

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SpaceX did not immediately comment.

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Spacex founder Elon Musk, T-Mobile CEO and President Mike Seifert talk about the plan to build mobile satellites. (SPACEX DOCUMENT)

Last week, T-Mobile USA and SpaceX announced their collaboration to expand cellular service to remote areas via Starlink satellites.

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The companies said the service would eliminate the need for cell towers and extend cell service to areas where none currently exist.

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The new SMS service is expected to be in beta testing from the end of next year.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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