Boeing has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a license to deploy and operate a constellation of up to 2,956 V-band low-orbiting satellites in an effort to provide telecommunications services for government and commercial clients, Space News reported Thursday.
Peter B. de Selding writes Boeing said in its June 22 petition with FCC that it plans to initially launch 1,396 V-band satellites that would operate in 35 orbital planes at an altitude of 1,200 kilometers and then roll out the remaining 1,560 satellites with 33 additional orbital planes.
The company noted in its application that its proposed satellite constellation will be designed to coexist with OneWeb’s network of Ka– and Ku-band satellites.
“While the FCC considers its license request, Boeing will continue to develop technical and business plans for the proposed system,” the company said in a statement to Space News.
The report said Boeing also requested FCC to make changes to its regulations in order to facilitate the development of the company’s proposed satellite constellation, including a regulatory modification that would permit future licensees to share the 5 gigahertz of the V-band spectrum.
Audrey Allison, senior director for frequency management systems at Boeing, urged regulators at an International Telecommunication Union meeting to assess rules on the use of V- and C-band spectrum, according to the publication.