Lynk, a startup creating a constellation of satellites in order to deliver connectivity for cell phones, documents a license submission with the FCC. FCC stands for Federal Communications Commission. This is in order to operate an initial set of satellites.
Lynk announces on 25th May that it documents the FCC submission using the commission’s efficient licensing procedure for small satellites set up in 2019. The firm hopes that method will permit it to begin industrial services with the first cluster of satellites within a year.
That efficient methodology does set restrictions on the following:
- Orbital altitude
- A lifetime of the satellites.
It also covers constellations of no further than 10 satellites.
“We are applying this new satellite authorization procedure in order to speed up moving into commercial service,” says Charles Miller. Charles is the chief executive of the Falls Church, Virginia-built company. “This is all but velocity.”
Lynk eventually foresees functioning as many as 5,000 satellites in low Earth orbit, connecting with mobile phones with no necessity for special antennas. The firm examines the technology allowing this on numerous hosted payloads and small satellites. These are operational under experimental licenses. Previously this year firm officials say they wish to commence commercial ventures in 2022 using a small portion of that full group.
Getting FCC consent for the full Lynk constellation will take much longer, Miller says. Thus, the usage of the streamlined small satellite licensing procedure for the initial 10. This permits them to be applied for industrial operations as quickly as next year.
Lynk is constructing the satellites in-house, progressively scaling up construction. “We are doing what we call a ‘crawl, walk, jog, run’ approach. Currently, we are crawling,” he says. This is with the capability to deliver one satellite a month, creating extensive usage of commercially accessible satellite modules.
According to Lynk’s FCC submission, documented on 11th May, the firm is designing two groups of satellites. Specifications as follows:
- One, weighing 55 kilograms, will be 0.15 by 1 by 1 meter in size.
- The other, weighing 85 kilograms, will be 0.15 by 1.5 by 1.5 meters in size.
Lynk is presently in work on a Series B funding series to boost its constellation plans. Miller refuses to say how much capital the firm is looking to raise in the round. Other than it will be “much larger” than previous rounds, which raises over $20 million.
The preliminary focus of Lynk’s service will be messaging, a constraint he says is built on the capability of the satellite system and expected demand. Lynk is in talks with several mobile network operatives, too many for the firm to work with at the same moment. Miller says the firm is preparing a “flagship carrier program” with a dozen mobile network operatives internationally. This is starting in 2022, in order to present the service to those operatives’ customers.