SpaceX StarLink satellite internet [UPDATES]


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Rural Michigan is an area that StarLink could help.  The state's overall population density is about 174/sq mile (67/km2), but the Upper Peninsula is about 19/sq mi (7.3/km2). Parts of the Lower Peninsula are also sparsely populated. 

 

The major telecos either don't serve them at all, only provide DSL, or you pay through your teeth for Hughes or ViaSat.

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Century Link tech told the guy that was getting Starlink that they weren’t really bothering building out DSL anymore is because of Starlink and Century Link wanted more of the business market. That was only a tech so take that for what it’s worth. Century Link DSL is all this co-worker can get in his area, and it works about every other day. 
 

we have both been on vacation this past week so I’m curious if he will have been accepted in the beta yet (Ohio). 

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https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacex-preps-ruggedized-starlink-dish-for-cars-boats-and-planes

 

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SpaceX Preps 'Ruggedized' Starlink Dish for Cars, Boats, and Planes

SpaceX is working on a “ruggedized” version of its Starlink dish designed to work outside cars, boats, and planes and in harsh climates.

SpaceX filed an application with the FCC on Tuesday to operate the so-called “high-performance” Starlink dish. The hardware still relies on a phased array antenna to receive the high-speed internet from SpaceX satellites in orbit. 

“But these high-performance (‘HP’) models will operate with higher gain and lower transmit  power (thus maintaining a consistent EIRP compared to other SpaceX Services user terminals),  a higher scan angle, and features that ruggedize the unit for use in harsh environments,” the company wrote in the application.

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On 23/07/2021 at 02:48, FloatingFatMan said:

 

I'm not convinced as to how viable their market is...

 

 

I guess we could ask ViaSat and HughesNet how viable the market is... since they've been around for 10 years and 20 years, respectively.

 

And considering how awful old satellite internet was... and how great the reviews are for StarLink now... I'd say StarLink is in a great position.

 

Sure... satellite internet will never have as many customers as fixed wireline service or 4G/5G service.  But there is definitely a market for the people who have no other option.  Especially if StarLink is actually good and fast... which it seems to be.

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Gwynne Shotwell at the Space Symposium,

 

* Talked about the chip shortages, and they should resolve later this year. Big part of the launch delays.

 

* New terminal design near New Years;  half the cost, and it could halve again next year.

 

* ALL future Starlinks will have laser links, another part of the launch delays.

 

* Next Starlink launch in ~3 weeks.

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Amazon protests StarLink, again...

 

Bezos Alert 🤪

 

Starlink did an FCC filing which proposed 2 paths forward; mostly Starship or mostly Falcon 9. This isn't unusual in International Telecommunications Union (ITU) filings, and apparently has been done at FCC as well.

 

Naturally, Amazon filed a statement complaining "Too much information! Stop their deployment!"

 

/sigh

 

SpaceX has responded with both barrels....

 

 

 

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Starlink partners in Japan 

 

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Telecommunication/SpaceX-and-KDDI-team-up-to-eliminate-wireless-blind-spots-in-Japan

 

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SpaceX and KDDI team up to eliminate wireless blind spots in Japan

 

TOKYO -- KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile provider, has emerged as one of SpaceX's partners in rolling out high-speed wireless coverage via satellites, Nikkei has learned, part of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's goal of connecting the entire world to the internet.

 

SpaceX has launched hundreds of Starlink telecommunications satellites with the goal of fully starting services in Japan by the end of the year. KDDI and SpaceX will begin a network proving test in Japan this month, and coverage is expected to be commercially available next year.

 

The pair will start by offering internet service to customers living in mountainous regions and islands for no additional charge. The satellite network will also serve as backup in case terrestrial telecom lines are disrupted during natural disasters or blackouts.

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Ohio State University uses StarLink for navigation...

 

https://news.osu.edu/spacex-satellite-signals-used-like-gps-to-pinpoint-location-on-earth

 

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SpaceX satellite signals used like GPS to pinpoint location on Earth

 

Researchers find novel way to use Starlink system

 

Engineering researchers have developed a method to use signals broadcast by Starlink internet service satellites to accurately locate a position here on Earth, much like GPS does. It is the first time the Starlink system has been harnessed by researchers outside SpaceX for navigation.

 

The Starlink satellites, sent into orbit by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, are designed to provide broadband internet connections in remote locations around the world. The researchers used signals from six Starlink satellites to pinpoint a location on Earth within 8 meters of accuracy.

 

Their findings, shared today (Sept. 22, 2021) at the Institute of Navigation GNSS annual meeting in St. Louis, may provide a promising alternative to GPS. Their results will be published in the upcoming issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

 

The researchers did not need assistance from SpaceX to use the satellite signals, and they emphasized that they had no access to the actual data being sent through the satellites – only to information related to the satellite’s location and movement.

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