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SpaceX StarLink satellite internet [UPDATES]

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DocM    16,217

Here we go....

 

 

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Recently SpaceX did the second funding round in the last few nonths for STARLINK and Starship/Super Heavy. Together they should bank another $1 billion by years end.

 

In more news; SpaceX STARLINK statement,

 

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved SpaceXs request to fly more than 1,500 of its Starlink satellites at an altitude of 550 kilometers. Additional information on the approval can be found here, and the following statement can be attributed to Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer at SpaceX:

 

"This approval underscores the FCCs confidence in SpaceX's plans to deploy its next-generation satellite constellation and connect people around the world with reliable and affordable broadband service. Starlink production is well underway, and the first group of satellites have already arrived at the launch site for processing."

SpaceX is targeting no earlier than May for launch of a Starlink mission.

Last year, SpaceX became the first U.S.-based company to be licensed by the FCC to operate a NGSO constellation of more than 11,000 satellites.

Earlier this year, SpaceX submitted an application to operate 1 million user terminals as well as its first six gateways to provide the necessary communications links back from the satellites to the global Internet. SpaceX intends to install sufficient gateway sites in the U.S. and around the world to ensure that the Starlink satellites have a visible gateway earth station with which they can communicate from all parts of their orbits.

 

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DocM    16,217
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SPACEX STARLINK TWEET THREAD: long Starlink media call w/Elon Musk

 

 

 

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DocM    16,217

Thursdays webcast

 

 

 

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DocM    16,217

May 23, 22:30 Eastern (May 24, 02:30 UTC)

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Unobscured Vision    2,644

I'll have to catch it after I get home from work.

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Beittil    553

I'll watch a replay when I get up 😛 No way I'll be awake for a 4.30 am launch 😂

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DocM    16,217

BOOM!

 

 

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DocM    16,217

The StarLink website is up. Tip: the globe is 3D, and movable. Just drag.

 

https://www.starlink.com/

 

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DocM    16,217

Clearly, the 52 card pickup deployment works 😀

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Each satellite is much smaller than the dot representing it (227kg, and the size of a small 'fridge), and several hundred kilometers separate adjacent satellites at the same altitude.

 

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Starlink VLEO Constellation

 

Mark Handley (Professor of Networked Systems - Department of Computer Science, University College London) 

 

Published on May 26, 2019

 

This simulation shows the orbits of all 11,927 satellites in the final proposed Starlink constellation.  

 

Red satellites are the initial 1,584 satellites at 550km altitude.  

 

White is 1,600 second phase satellites at 1,110km altitude and 53.8-degree inclination.  

 

Blue is 1,225 satellites in polar orbits.  

 

Yellow shows the final 7,518 satellites in 335km to 345km VLEO orbits, with inclinations of 53, 48 and 42 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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Astrophysicist / programmer / gamer Scott Manley on StarLink and mega-constellations in general.

 

BTW: he has a very good YT channel.

 

 

 

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