Author Topic: Starlink (How Musk will use the internet to fund space development)  (Read 686 times)

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SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s: initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, subsequently placing ~2800 Ku- and Ka-band spectrum sats at 1,150 km (710 mi) and ~7500 V-band sats at 340 km (210 mi). The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build and deploy such a network is estimated at nearly US$10 billion.]
SpaceX has plans to deploy nearly 12,000 satellites in three orbital shells by the mid-2020s: initially placing approximately 1600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, subsequently placing ~2800 Ku- and Ka-band spectrum sats at 1,150 km (710 mi) and ~7500 V-band sats at 340 km (210 mi). The total cost of the decade-long project to design, build and deploy such a network is estimated at nearly US$10 billion.


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There would be 190 combinations of pairs of the top 20 financial cities. There are 435 combinations of pairs of the top 30 financial cities. If the top $100 million per year was paid by the top 20 cities, then this would be $19 billion per year. If the premium internet pairing for the connections to 21 to 30 was worth $10 million per year then this would be another $2.45 billion per year. Even with a half-price discount, the total would still be $10 billion per year.

The SpaceX Starlinks could save 30-50% of the latency time. This is because the speed of light is almost twice as fast in space as it is in a glass fiber. The value for the Starlink financial latency reduction should be even higher. Let us say it is double the New York to Chicago price. This means the premium pairing of cities is worth over $40 billion per year.

If Starlink Succeeds Then SpaceX Revenue Will Be More Than Double NASA’s Budget

This is assuming it all works.  Pretty brilliant though, shaving off a couple dozen milliseconds on the exchanges is worth billions to the right people.   The "high speed internet for the masses" stuff will just be using the untapped cycles in the technology and serve for public relations.
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Re: Starlink (How Musk will use the internet to fund space development)
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 01:11:48 AM »
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Currently, the Kymeta flat satellite receivers cost about $40,000 each. They are like a flat panel TV in form factor and in factory production. They “should” be able to drop towards the price of a flat panel TV display in price. A 32-inch flat TV can be bought for about $100 and a 40-inch TV can be about $300.

Okay, so I won't be buying one soon. I have read that Google just kept hitting roadblocks getting the handoff from satellite to satellite to work properly. Still, this is starting to sound like it might actually arrive in my lifetime.

Hopefully it fares better than the Iridium Project, the closest analog to actually get off the ground (so to speak).
http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1898610_1898625_1898640,00.html

Meanwhile, I have mixed feelings about the whole thing. Most of the lands I visit around here have no cell signal and it's a place people can go to be on a digital diet. Once this launches, it will require self-control no matter where you go. In digital terms, the wilderness will become like a fridge full of cake and ice cream.