US to purchase $50 million satellite radio system that can operate up to 50 times longer than the existing US-made technology and will offer improved coverage.
Reuters reports that the US Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday gave preliminary approval for the proposed acquisition of a privately owned company to build the satellite radio constellation.
The deal will include more than 200 antennas to operate a constellation with more than 400,000 antennas, including more than 60,000 near the Earth, Reuters reports.
It will also include the antennas that will be needed to launch the satellites from US soil.
The FCC approved the deal as part of a broad effort to modernize US radio infrastructure, including new antenna towers.
In a statement, a FCC spokesperson said that the proposed sale of the company would help ensure that the National Security Agency, the military and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others, have the best capabilities to protect America’s citizens and the nation.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which has oversight over the company, will provide oversight of the deal and will be able to oversee its implementation.
The Federal Communications Board will then decide whether the company will be eligible to bid on future commercial space launches, according to Reuters.