France’s high court has revoked SpaceX’s license to provide satellite services on the ground through its Starlink megaconstellation, citing monopolization concerns due to the size and complexity of the company’s operations. .
French telecom operator Arcep granted the license to SpaceX in February 2021 without first holding a public consultation, the court has ruled.
The lawsuit was led by two environmental groups that reported the impact of megaconstellation on the environment, including easy investmentpublic waste and human health as well.
The court, however, decided to revoke the license by discussing the nature of the SpaceXThe industry – which includes rocket and satellite manufacturing, launch services, satellite operations and telecommunication services – could diversify the market and unleash competition, which, in turn, will hurt French consumers. .
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“This project is likely to upset the economic balance of other regions as a result of SpaceX’s vertical integration strategy,” the council’s public rapporteur said in a statement on the 5th. April. and sells its own telephone services, Starlink competing with satellite developers, [European launch provider] Arianespace, radio and telephone producers. “
Arcep must implement the court’s decision and reconsider SpaceX’s request. The editor invited the public to file their protest on May 9.
In a word released on April 8, Arcep defended its earlier decision, saying Starlink’s actions would not have a “significant impact on the market and would not affect the interests of end users. ”
“The frequency in question allows for the presence of many commercial satellite players, and therefore does not create a situation of spectrum deficiency,” Arcep said in a statement. “Furthermore, the day the approval was granted, there were other superfast broadband satellite plans, which have tens of thousands of users, among the 17 million superfast broadband subscribers in France.”
SpaceX currently operates about 2,000 satellites of a planned Starlink star of 12,000 spacecraft orbiting about 340 miles (550 kilometers) over Earth. Eventually, the company wants to fly more Starlink satellites – up to 42,000 or so. But SpaceX isn’t the only player in the fast-growing low-orbit space shuttle industry. OneWeb planning a constellation of about 650 satellites, more than half of which are in orbit. In the Amazon Kuiper Systems It has plans for a star cluster of 3,000 satellites.
Traditional players, such as American firm Viasat or Switzerland-headquartered SES, use geostationary satellites located on a fixed point on Earth at a distance of 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) to provide network services to remote locations. Many of these groups oppose SpaceX’s plans.
One reason familiar with the Starlink license agreement is that Space.com does not want to be called that Arcep may be re -granting the license but could apply the new terms set out in the original agreement.
“There may be some conditionality about the [new] the license to put the weight of the display on Starlink to show the size of the constellation does not mean that they will blow up the orbital positions and create problems with frequent interference, “he said. and the teacher. ” before the license is revoked. “
The French decision, the source said, could jeopardize Starlink’s future in Germany, where SpaceX obtained a one -year independent license in December 2020, which was later extended to when the new government was formed.
“I think the French decision will probably have an impact on Germany’s focus,” the teacher said.
Since the launch of the first batch of Starlink satellites in May 2019, the astrologers have taught astronomy will be disturbed as much as possible It is worse than pure filth. Experts have learned that safety is due to the large number of satellites, the problems of association in circles around the Earth to increase. Scientists say that large amounts of metal glow in the sky when SpaceX constantly fills its constellation and deorbits ancient spacecraft that could be a threat. changing the atmosphere of the earth.
The project, however, has once again won the fine print for its provision of care Ukraine is shaken bill.
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