What's happening in space (that's interesting)

Wow, to my shame I didnt know about her. Good for ESA.

That was a Big Bang Theory episode.

Well, they can still name the mobile lab they use to investigate the hungries after her.

Measuring stuff on Mars is hard. Who knew?

The design and engineering of that thing is mind boggling.

“Could go live in the 2020 time frame”…maybe in extremely limited areas.

Would this be faster and with lower latency than Hughes or Dish satellite type of feed?

Much faster, since the satellites would be in low earth orbit, a hundred times closer than geosynchronous. It would provide internet at 5g speeds. Coverage would be global, capacity would be limited by the number of satellites they put up there.

What’s neat about this is that they could provide access all over the world-- like China-- and bypass national filters like the Great Firewall.

I’m pretty sure that’s how you get space-wars, though.

Whoa - that would be awesome.

Yeah, except where’s the money coming from? China isn’t going to let its citizens pay for an unfiltered internet, and there’s no organization that can cover the vast costs of such a system just for philanthropy.

Not to mention it would greatly inflate costs if customers in the rest of the world were subsidizing coverage for entirely other parts of the world.

Seems unlikely to me.

Beyond that, you also need a fairly sophisticated ground station to hook into Starlink, at least as currently conceived—a phased array antenna to do beam-steering to track a moving satellite overhead. That’s a conspicuous and easily-controlled piece of equipment.

Technically, this is something that is not happening in space that is interesting.

Hah, you can say that again.

To the moon!

I didn’t realize Israel even had a space program.

I have a NatGeo from a few years back that covered all of these companies competing for the (then-active) Google X-Prize. These folks were one of the groups that were described. Nice to see they made it this far.

This is an amazing video that NASA put together about the recent Ultima Thule flyby on Jan 1. Take the time to enjoy this one if you’ve got a few hours to kill.

Heh, Ryu Hayabusa.