SpaceX plans to send 42 thousand satellites to the sky by 2077 for its satellite network, which it calls StarLink. The company's FCC license for this purpose may not be fully compliant with the law.
There are currently slightly more than 2 thousand satellites in the sky and space. SpaceX will send 42 thousand satellites into the sky by the end of 2027 to build an internet network that surrounds the earth. They also use the license issued by the U.S. Federal Communications Center (FCC) for this work.
2 at Harvard. Ramon Ryan, a class law student, examined whether the study was in compliance with the law. According to the young lawyer nominee, the FCC ruled incorrectly and astronomers could sue. Both experts are backing Ryan.
The greatest reservations of astronomers regarding StarLink was that astronomy itself was at risk because of the light pollution and physical barrier created by satellites. In addition, waves emitted from satellites also carry the potential for risk for radio telescopes.
The FCC is issuing the license in relation to the matter. The procedures in granting the FCC license may exceed the center's own powers. At least that's what Ramon Ryan of Harvard claims.
The FCC is taking advantage of a law called NEPA in U.S. law. This law is technically a law that determines which activities institutions can ignore the impact on the environment. If you're going to install a security system in the office or fill out payroll, you don't need an environmental assessment. If you're gonna fill the atmosphere with 42 thousand satellites, it's gonna change the color.
Apparently, the FCC's work on this issue led Musk to ask the aerospace company, “is this a harm to the environment?"it's all about asking. They have accepted no without question.
Another problem is the satellites ' fuel. Some newly developed satellites use mercury as fuel. Mercury is an efficient fuel, but mercury falling from the sky is very harmful to all organics. NASA used mercury as fuel in the 1960s and ' 70s, but stopped using it as fuel because of its environmental impact.
StarLink is not alone
Other firms are also planning to build their own global internet network. The methods these companies plan to use include sending satellites farther away, making them more ineffective and painting them in colors that will prevent them from shining.
According to lawyers, the FCC went outside of its powers in issuing permits for StarLink and ruled without legal basis. The outcome of the debate is eagerly awaited. In the case of a possible case, it is worth reminding that US courts have ruled against government agencies in such cases.