Two Launches Won by SpaceX after Weighing in on FCC Spectrum Debate

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SpaceX has been awarded the launches of two of SES’s three new launches, reports Via Satellite. SES 16 and 14, two of the SES 14, 15 and 16/GovSat announced recently, will launch aboard missions on a Falcon 9 in 2017. SpaceX’s capacity to launch GTO (Geostationary Transfer Orbit) was initially monitored late in 2013 through the SES 8 mission and the awards have cemented the relationship between the two companies.

As well as securing new contracts for launches, SpaceX has joined forces with several satellite service providers including O3b Networks, Inmarsat, EchoStar and ViaSat in advising the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) against stunting Ka-band service growth. The regulating agency is currently assessing guidelines for 5G (Fifth Generation) mobile radio operations within bands over 24 GHz. Satellite service providers have expressed concern that the deployment of a new service over this band may have a negative impact on Ka band (26.5 to 40 GHz). SpaceX defended its plans announced recently for a 400-strong satellite constellation by submitting notes to the agency on 18th February.

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