"SpaceX got a key government license last week, federal filings reveal, as the company clears a regulatory hurdle that moves it closer to offering a new high-speed internet service from space.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized SpaceX to begin rolling out as many as 1 million of the ground antenna the company will need to connect users to its Starlink satellite internet network. Starlink is SpaceX’s plan to build an interconnected network, or “constellation,” of about 12,000 small satellites, to provide high-speed internet to anywhere in the world. The company has launched 360 Starlink satellites in the past year.
The license details that each ground antenna is 0.48 meters in diameter, or just under 19 inches across." CNBC
Just another piece of the process through which Musk is assembling his empire in the sky. Starlink now has plus or minus 360 five hundred lb. communication satellites in orbit. They are solar powered with ion thruster engines with which they adjust their orbits up and down. The internet dark places of the world will be illuminated by this project.
Elon Musk plans to use the income from the provision of this service to fund his Mars projects. Good for him!