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SpaceX Details Path Forward in FCC Filing

SpaceX's Starlink broadband internet service has about 90,000 customers in 12 countries so far.
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SpaceX, the satellite company founded by Tesla  (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report CEO Elon Musk, intends to use its Starship rocket as the primary vehicle to deliver spacecraft into orbit, according to the company's federal filings this week. 

The company filed an amendment with the Federal Communications Commission that detailed the company's plans for operation as well as details for its low-cost internet project, Starlink. 

"This Gen2 System was designed to complement the first-generation constellation SpaceX is currently deploying," SpaceX said in its filing, according to CNBC. "While the original constellation provides unprecedented capacity for a satellite system, the demand for more broadband continues to grow unabated and the need for user connectivity has never been more important.”

Starlink is a project featuring thousands of interconnected mini-satellites in low-earth orbit that deliver high-speed internet. The company recently rolled out a beta program for select customers at a cost of $99 per month. 

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The company recently said that its network has about 90,000 users in 12 countries so far. SpaceX has launched nearly 1,800 Starlink satellites into space since November 2019. 

Last week, the company agreed to acquire Swarm Technologies, a satellite data company that provides internet-of-things services.

Swarm operates a group of 120 small satellites to provide two-way communications at low data rates for the agriculture, energy and transportation markets. The company says it can provide services at a fraction of the cost of legacy satellite services.

Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a protest by SpaceX rival Blue Origin, the space exploration company founded by former Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report CEO Jeff Bezos, of NASA awarding SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract for a human lunar landing system.