This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.

SpaceX wants to create a constellation of thousands of satellites

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SpaceX wants to create a constellation of 4,425 satellites. That would add considerably to the 1,300 active satellites currently orbiting Earth.

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This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.
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SpaceX would have to launch over 60 satellites per month for six years, at a cost of $10 billion. Once completed, the constellation would provide internet coverage.

This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.
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The satellites would reduce our dependence on internet cables here on earth. And they would cover remote places that currently have limited access to high-speed internet.

This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.
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But SpaceX will have to share with other companies. It will have to be careful its signals do not encounter theirs, causing interference.

This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.
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The US Federal Communications Commission has ruled that SpaceX will have to defer to competitors like OneWeb and Telesat that have secured their spectrum first.

This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.
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Both OneWeb and Telesat have priority to transmit their own signals in some areas, even in the US, which in theory would be a market dominated by SpaceX.

This photo provided by NASA is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon capsule at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost Sunday April 20, 2014.
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That puts a limit to SpaceX’s ambitions, because its satellites cannot be as powerful or operate as freely.

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