FCC Chair Support for Amazon’s 3000+ WiFi Satellites = More Dangerous Space Junk and Radiation
FCC Chair Support for Amazon’s 3000+ WiFi Satellites = More Dangerous Space Junk and Radiation by BN Frank for Activist Post
Amazon is one of many companies who has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch satellites and similar vehicles into space despite expert opposition (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) and increasing safety risks which include a Chinese rocket falling out of the sky AND a SpaceX starship exploding.
The FCC is supposed to protect Americans by regulating the telecom industry. They have been failing miserably at this for many years.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Friday announced his support for Amazon’s Kuiper constellation, which calls for launching more than 3,000 satellites to provide broadband in the U.S. and across the globe.
Amazon detailed plans for the project last year, when it filed its plans for the FCC’s approval. In a tweet, Pai said he shared with his colleagues a proposal to approve, with conditions, the Kuiper application to deploy and operate a non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGS)) fixed satellite service (FSS).
The chairman didn’t elaborate on what the conditions would be. Bloomberg noted that his request is likely to result in approval in closed-door voting at the agency, where Pai leads the Republican majority.
The Kuiper System is designed to use 3,236 satellites operating in 98 orbital planes, at altitudes between 366 and 391 miles. Amazon has said the satellite system would help close the digital divide, providing fixed connectivity to homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, government agencies and first responders, among others.