U.S. court upholds SpaceX satellite deployment plan

By Thomson Reuters Aug 26, 2022 | 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the decision of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve a SpaceX plan to deploy some Starlink satellites at a lower earth orbit than planned as part of its push to offer space-based broadband internet.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX won FCC approval in 2021 to fly 2,824 satellites at a lower orbit as part of the plan to provide high-speed broadband internet services to people who currently lack access. Competitors Viasat Inc and DISH Network Corp challenged the FCC approval.

(Reporting by David Shepardson and Jonathan Stempel)