SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are so important to keep the service running that they’ve developed a second-generation satellite, and the FCC finally approved their deployment of 7,500, which is still a long way from the 29,988 they originally planned to launch.
SpaceX submitted an application for the launch of Starlink 2.0 satellites as early as 2020, expressing its hope to deploy more powerful communication satellites to increase the capacity and speed of its satellite network. There are now more than 3,200 original satellites in orbit, and they have licenses to launch up to 12,000 original satellites.
However, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stated that in order to address various concerns about orbital debris and space safety, they can only approve the launch plan of some satellites for the time being. At the same time, the FCC also asked SpaceX to ensure that it can avoid collisions between satellites and objects in other orbits, and at the same time coordinate rocket launch times with NASA. For Starlink and other satellite networks, some astrophysicists have expressed concern that the number of satellites in space orbit is close to saturation, which may affect the safety of future space tourism.