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Old 01-08-2020, 02:38 PM   #1
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This will be huge for folks who don't live in the cities.

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Old 01-10-2020, 07:42 PM   #2
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A New Launch. Every two weeks.
https://www.businessinsider.com/spac...k-works-2020-1
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:07 PM   #3
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https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/...ellite-br.aspx

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On Monday evening, January 6, SpaceX successfully launched its second "official" Starlink mission, carrying 60 satellites into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. In addition to the 115 operational satellites put into orbit on previous launches, this gives the company about 175 operational internet satellites in orbit today.

Assuming SpaceX continues putting satellites in orbit at a rate of 60 satellites per launch (and doesn't attempt to accelerate deployment by using bigger Falcon Heavy or Starship rockets), 11 more Falcon 9-Starlink missions should suffice to surpass the 800-sat threshold for "moderate" internet coverage. At a planned launch rate of two Falcon 9 launches per month, therefore, Starlink should reach this goal by the end of June 2020. By the end of the year, Starlinks in orbit should reach 1,500.


Of course, the most important advantage SpaceX should get from its rapid rate of rocket launches this year is also the most obvious: less time to market.

A more rapid launch pace means faster deployment of SpaceX's Starlink satellites to orbit. That means the company can begin reaping the 60% operating profit margin that SpaceX expects to earn from providing broadband internet service from space sooner. By 2025, internal SpaceX documents show the company hoping to earn as much as $22 billion in annual operating profit -- most of it from selling satellite internet service.

And 2020 is the year it all starts to happen.
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So Starlink would be available from everywhere in the world.. for free? Looks liek some countries will build a giant jamming device..
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I just hope they're able to minimize the interference to astronomy as they said they will try to do. We have enough problems with light pollution on the ground - we don't need more up there.
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So Starlink would be available from everywhere in the world.. for free? Looks liek some countries will build a giant jamming device..
No, not free. It's a service, just like other iSPs, except significantly better if you live out of the cities.
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Ah ok, that makes of course more sense. Though i can imagine that Musk will grant some regions of the world free access.. just to make information available and shake things up a bit

Our out-in-the-green spot of a "village" has now been connected with a glass fibre backbone, which means 400 to 1000 mbit/sec download speed. Costs are around 20 Euro/month first year and around 40 in the second year, for internet and voip telephony. The initial connection costs from street to house (some 30 meters here) are being paid by the provider (finally by you of course, lol). After the second year you can choose another provider, if you want.
So it is not cheap, but cheaper than what the German Telecom demands now.. and streaming films etc. is a joy.

If StarLink can provide similar performance via satellite .. let's wait and see.
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Starlink launch 4 happening now live
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We live out in the Fens (flat, like Holland) and our next-door neighbours... after years of putting up with a painfully slow service via their phone line... had a dish put up on the roof to get wireless internet from a mast a few miles away

They've never looked back... and I was planning to follow suit until I read this
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Mission 4 was a success, looking forward to the next launch. History in the making.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90458407...lite-broadband

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The company’s 60 Starlink nano-satellites are delivered to low Earth orbit by a partly reused Falcon 9 rocket and gently ejected one at a time from a rack, as if it were a Pez dispenser. They bring SpaceX’s broadband project up to 242 deployed satellites. That’s about a third of the 720 the company will need for “continuous coverage of most populated areas,” as the company tweeted last May.

But while the Starlink constellation is becoming increasingly real as it grows towards a planned mesh-network array of 7,518 satellites, much mystery remains about the internet service that Elon Musk’s space-exploration firm plans to start selling later this year.

The obvious virtue of Starlink’s design, as well as that of other next-gen satellite-broadband services, is that it doesn’t send data on a roughly 44,000-mile round trip. Current space-broadband services require that journey, thanks to their reliance on satellites parked 22,236 miles up in geosynchronous orbits that keep them over one spot on Earth. Starlink’s first satellites occupy an orbit of just 340 miles up, while later waves will provide service from 210 and 710 miles high.


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James Watt made a steam engine that could actually supply power. It was a novelty. Then, thanks to the development of rolled iron, they were able to make boilers small enough to fit into a ship. Then Robert Fulton commercialized the thing and steam had a means and a purpose. Before long they had a boiler that would fit into a land vehicle and the steam locomotive was born.

Hans Otto developed the first gasoline powered internal combustion engine. At first it was a novelty, but in just a year Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz had each constructed an automobile. Today it is rare to go anywhere and not see someone not driving a car.

Rudolf Diesel developed a working compression-ignition engine. At first it was just a novelty, but today almost all heavy machinery of any kind, especially in the transportation industry, is diesel powered.

Wilbur and Orville Wright won the race to be the first to fly, but their real contribution was the control system that was fitted to virtually every airplane built by anybody anywhere right up to the beginning of the First World War. Until that point the flying machine was just a novelty. Today every city in the world has at least one airport, and most cities have several.

The Russians put the first satellite into orbit. If they hadn't the Americans would have. Then the Russians put the first man into orbit. If they hadn't the Americans were only a few months behind. This led to more and longer space flights, until the Americans put a man on the moon. If they hadn't the Russians would have. All this is just exploration. The satellites continued to go up in ever-increasing numbers, and with the exception of military satellites put up by governments, they were funded by companies for commercial purposes. Still, they were put up by government agencies.

Now we are seeing the culmination of that process. Commercial rocketry is taking the place of the governments, with a whole space program dedicated to bringing a service to a portion of the population unlikely to get it any other way. The point for the company involved is the age-old evil - to make money. To me this is a marvelous turn of events. It falls into the "If we can do this, we can do anything!" category.

I've commented before on the tail-end landing system, and how it was once accepted that while in movies and TV from the 1940s to the '60s it was nice, in reality it was impossible, once again it turns out that "Common Knowledge" and "Conventional Wisdom" are wrong, and now we see something once dismissed as "impossible" becoming reality. It's still rare at this point, but there's a good chance that our younger members will see this kind of system become so common that, as with the steam engine, the diesel and gasoline internal combustion engines, the gas turbine or "jet" engine, and the rocket engine, it will become a common sight and accepted as the way to get into space.
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^ If there was a LIKE button i would have pressed it several times. Good post!
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Yes sir, me too!
This works and it will change the world.

@Steve, great references, these big leaps often surprise most of the population. And it's good if it makes money, a lot of it, for the company. It's likely they will take it and turn it into more amazing things.

Anyone wondering what I mean by this, read Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


Australia’s regulator opens the door for SpaceX Starlink internet service
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/04/aust...t-service.html
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OneWeb now getting into the act. Launched by Russians
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SpaceX says it is considering spinning off its Starlink broadband Internet project into a separate company, while teams at Cape Canaveral ready to launch around 60 more of the flat-panel data relay nodes into Earth orbit as soon as Feb. 15.
I'm getting in on this one.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2020/02/0...bruary-launch/

Another launch coming in days.
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