In 2015 Elon Musk
began construction and launching into orbit of the Starlink
satellite Internet constellation encompassing thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) to provide Satellite Internet access, but also for military, scientific or exploratory purposes. The project was based at the SpaceX satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington
that housed the Starlink research, development, manufacturing, and on-orbit control operations. SpaceX estimated the total cost of the decade-long project to design, build, and deploy the constellation was about US$10 billion, as of 2018.
As of 15 October 2019, the United States Federal Communications Commission
submitted filings to the International Telecommunication Union
on SpaceX's behalf to arrange spectrum for 30,000 additional Starlink satellites to supplement the 12,000 Starlink satellites already approved by the FCC.