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Viasat asks FCC to halt Starlink launches
Posted: Sat, May 29, 2021, 4:25 PM ET (2025 GMT)
Viasat is asking the FCC to halt Starlink launches as it seeks an environmental review of the constellation. Viasat filed a request with the FCC late last week, seeking to stay a license modification the FCC granted last month to SpaceX that allows the company to launch more Starlink satellites into lower orbits. Viasat argues that the FCC was wrong to reject a request for an environmental assessment of Starlink, and said that if the FCC doesn't grant its request for a stay by June 1, it will go to U.S. District Court. A stay of the FCC license modification would effectively halt Starlink launches, since SpaceX has already launched more satellites intended for 550-kilometer orbits than allowed by the original license.
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