Intelsat makes bid to block SpaceX flying LEO test comsats

by | Jul 27, 2015 | Satellites, SpaceX | 0 comments

They may plan to use SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets, but GEO satellite operators do not like the SpaceX firm driving its tanks onto its turf.   According to Space News, the global satellite communications firm Intelsat, which operates communications in the Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) has bid to stop two SpaceX test satellites from being flown into orbit.

Intelsat officially filed its objection with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on 9 July 2015 on the grounds that SpaceX had not detailed how these satellites will avoid signal interference with its satellite fleet.   The two test satellites, MicroSats 1a and MicroSat 1b, which were being flown as test sateliltes as part of a long term plan for a LEO broadband constellation of upto 4,000 satellites, had originally due to be launched on a Falcon 9 flight later this year.  Space News reports that SpaceX has responded with an offer to share more technical information. See   http://spacenews.com/intelsat-asks-fcc-to-block-spacex-experimental-satellite-launch/

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