• FCC approval of Europe's Galileo satellite signals may give your phone's GPS a boost

    29 days ago - By TechCrunch

    The FCC's space-focused meeting today had actions taken on SpaceX satellites and orbital debris reduction, but the decision most likely to affect users has to do with Galileo. No, not the astronomer - the global positioning satellite constellation put in place by the E.U. over the last few years. It's now legal for U.S. phones to use, and a simple software update could soon give your GPS signal a major bump.
    Galileo is one of several successors to the Global Positioning System that's been in use since the '90s. But because it is U.S.-managed and was for a long time artificially limited in...
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  • SpaceX gets FCC approval to add 7,518 more satellites to its Starlink constellation

    SpaceX gets FCC approval to add 7,518 more satellites to its Starlink constellation

    29 days ago - By TechCrunch

    SpaceX's application to add thousands of satellites to its proposed Starlink communications constellation has been approved by the FCC, though it will be some time before the company actually puts those birds in the air.
    Starlink is just one of many companies that the FCC gave the green light to today at its monthly meeting. Kepler, Telesat, and LeoSat also got approval for various services, though with 140, 117, and 78 satellites proposed respectively, they aren't nearly as ambitious in scale. Several others were approved as well with smaller proposals.
    SpaceX officially applied to put...
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