“Better Than Nothing” Starlink-Beta started across the US & Canada
Starlink: amazing but and also a bit “crazy”
“On 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.”
does this mean that as much as 42,000 satellites will be swirling around our heads soon? (each being basically a flying mobile phone post)
one is really thrilled how this could mean for mankind – cheap and fast world wide internet for the whole globe – or 1984 skynet and massive electromagnetic waste?
the “established” communication carriers/providers won’t like it, but to be fair, at least in Germany, internet is slow and infrastructure was left to rot, by private public companies, but yes – again – a lot of people will lose their jobs at AT&T, Telekom, Vodafone, O2 and Co if Starlink can deliver.
plus: it’s expensive to fly to Mars
(possibly, but users of stylish iphones would either have to accept bigger antennas or antennas of sat phones would have to become smaller?)
“11 months of dedicated Starlink launches, SpaceX says that the constellation (some 820 satellites strong) is now large and mature enough to begin covering all of Canada and the US in 2020, “rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021.”
the satellites communicate with each other with lasers!
how the routing could work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3479tkagiNo
how will it work/operate?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giQ8xEWjnBs