By B.N. Frank
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans from the telecom and cable industries. Unfortunately, the agency has catered to these industries instead for decades (see 1, 2). The insidious and strongly opposed “Race to 5G” has only made its behavior worse (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Lawsuits have been filed against the agency for NOT protecting the public from unsafe levels of cell phone and WiFi radiation, 5G on Earth (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and in space, and for allowing telecom and cable companies to overcharge Americans for decades.
Manufacturers provide radiation exposure warnings for all wireless devices so it’s to be expected that Starlink would include warnings with its dishes. However, federal exposure guidelines are 20+ years old and do not apply how people today use wireless radiation emitting devices or are exposed to them. In fact, this is one of the reasons why the agency is being sued. Still want a dish for your car?
From WCCF Tech:
New Starlink Dishes For Cars, Planes To Carry Radiation Hazard Warning
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s (SpaceX) Starlink satellite internet service is making progress in delivering internet connectivity to vehicles. SpaceX’s subsidiary, SpaceX Services Inc, also referred to as SpaceX, has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking it to operate brand new user terminals. These terminals, ‘high performance’ variants of the dishes currently under use by Starlink’s beta-testers, will provide coverage to moving vehicles, including automobiles, vessels and aircraft. In its application, SpaceX collectively refers to the terminals as Earth Stations In Motion (ESIMs), and it provides details for their technical parameters such as power output and transmit duty cycles.
Starlink Terminals For Vehicles Will Stay Connected To Satellites For Longer
The new terminals will be used on all kinds of moving vehicles, including those operating on the ground and in the sea and air. According to SpaceX’s application, they will lower their transmit power but feature a higher signal gain alongside a higher scan angle and other adjustments suited to their use cases.
While collectively, the new terminals are called Earth Stations in Motion (ESIMs), a segment of these are designed to withstand stringent environmental conditions. SpaceX calls this segment of terminals ‘High Performance’ or HP. Some of the changes that the HP terminals will feature include handling harsher environments by withstanding longer changes in temperature, operating at higher and lower extreme temperatures and improving snow melting capabilities.
The company’s current dishes are capable of operating at as temperatures low as -30°C (-22°F) and as high as 40°C (104°F), and SpaceX has tested them at 45°C (113°F). A recent heatwave that plagued the United States also revealed a mixed bag of performance for the dishes, with some failing at 122°F while others working at a slightly lower temperature of 111°F.
The filing also details Starlink’s plans for providing internet coverage on commercial airplanes, with SpaceX aiming to provide coverage on U.S.-registered aircraft flying worldwide and non-U.S. aircraft in American airspace. Starlink will coordinate with the local administrations to determine operating parameters and adhere to frequency and spectrum rules for the former use case.
In May, scientists submitted a letter to President Biden asking him to protect the public from 5G and other unsafe technology. Americans opposed to 5G may click here to sign a letter asking the Biden administration to stop deployment immediately.
Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Wireless Information Network
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