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


#2795

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


#2796

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


#2797

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.


#2798

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


#2799

Whoa - that would be awesome.


#2800

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.


#2801

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.


#2802

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


#2803

Hah, you can say that again.