SpaceX's Starlink satellite deployment could face new hurdles.
ViaSat has asked the FCC to block SpaceX from launching more Starlink satellites or it will appeal
Satellite Internet provider ViaSat, a rival to SpaceX's Starlink satellite network, has reportedly asked the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block SpaceX from launching more Starlink satellites.
ViaSat said that if the FCC chooses not to suspend Starlink launches, it will seek support from the District of Columbia's Court of Appeals to suspend and review the revised FCC license, which allows SpaceX to continue building the broadband satellite constellation.
For years, ViaSat has been working to disrupt, slow down, or even kill SpaceX's Starlink constellation by any means necessary, including concocting absurd protests, petitioning the FCC dozens of times, and most recently threatening to Sue the FCC and the federal government as the company grew increasingly desperate.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the Starlink satellite Internet service in January 2015, which aims to provide high-speed Internet access to users around the world, especially in rural and remote areas.
Previously, on May 15, 2021, SpaceX launched 52 Starlink satellites. So far, the company has launched 1,677 satellites into low Earth orbit, 99 of which have been deorbited, leaving 1,578 in orbit.
SpaceX plans to launch the next batch of 60 Starlink Internet satellites on the afternoon of May 26 Eastern Time, less than 11 days after the launch of the previous batch.