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France: Rural village resists SpaceX project for satellite ground station

Published on 18 Feb 2021 / In News & Politics

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Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, a small village in north-western France, is resisting plans by Elon Musk's company SpaceX to build infrastructure for its hyper-speed internet satellites, as seen on Wednesday.

"The project in the municipality of Saint-Senier would consist in the creation of a ground station composed of nine domes and which aims to establish a connection with satellites in low orbit," said Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron Councillor Noemi Brault. "We refused this project because there was a lack of information about its impact on human health, but also animal health, since we are in a very rural area with many farmers around us."

The village's Mayor Benoit Hamard is challenging the project, saying SpaceX will need to apply for a building permit due to its size.

Earlier this month, SpaceX unveiled its plans for three locations in France including Saint-Senier, where its 350 inhabitants did not welcome the news with open arms.

I've always wanted to live in nature, in the countryside, so they'd be as far away from networks and everything as possible, and at the end of the day, it's going to be the same as in a city," said Pauline Coulon, a resident.

Starlink, which already dots the skies with distinctive constellations of satellites forming lines in low orbit, plans to make high-speed internet access available anywhere on earth. It receive approval for European ground stations late last year.

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