The Real Reason SpaceX Is Making Starlink

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The Real Reason SpaceX Is Making Starlink

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Today, the Internet has become an integral part of human life. According to statistics, there are about 4.6 billion active internet users around the globe which makes up almost 60% of the world population.
To date, internet connectivity requires extensive underground cable connections, which makes the facility inaccessible in many parts of the world. Elon Musk and SpaceX revealed their revolutionary project, Starlink back in 2015.
The Starlink program is basically a constellation of artificial satellites that are also called “Satellite Internet Constellations”. The primary function of the Starlink Constellation will be to provide satellite internet access to most parts of the Earth, including remote areas.
SpaceX’s Starlink is still in the beta phase but is soon expected to go into the next phase. In this phase, Starlink is offering its service to 17 countries with more than 1600 satellites already up in the sky.
The work on the Starlink project began about 7 years back in 2014 when SpaceX filed an ITU application through a Norwegian telecom regulator. But that year it was not revealed to the public.
The project was made public in January 2015. According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, he was willing to cater to the unmet demand for low-cost internet. He also mentioned that he wanted to acquire a small share of the local internet usage in big cities around the globe.
Although it was expected and planned that the first launch of the Starlink satellite would take place before 2016, it finally happened in February 2018. The Starlink program saw many ups and downs due to various design and licensing issues.
But finally, it was ready to be tested in 2018 and was all set to change the way humans use the Internet. In 2018 SpaceX also received regulatory approval for more than 7500 broadband satellites.
This was an addition to the initial approval that they received for 4425 satellites in 2016. The 2016 approval was for satellites that could be deployed at altitudes ranging between 1110 kilometers to 1325 kilometers which are well above the International Space Station.
But the new deal allowed them to deploy the satellites at a much lower altitude below the International Space Station.

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2 comments
  1. Excellent analysis and reporting. FAR superior to what the major networks are capable of currently. Thumbs up across the board, and I have subscribed.
    You have, however, omitted several probabilities which are being uniformly ignored, or hidden by the current media. Let me ask you a few questions:)
    1. Who believes that the US NSA, amongst others, has NOT got an interest/eye on Starlink's potential…If you DON''t believe that, please raise your kindergarten mentality hand….
    2. Interconnectivity between the birds and thus eliminating the need for many of the previously required GROUND STATIONS (which would be extremely vulnerable to conventional military assets) opens up entirely new military communications avenues for communication and controls ergo….:
    ANYONE think that the American military doesn't have a 'finger' in this pie already?
    3. Given the recent brouhaha over the reported Chinese "Hyper velocity" nuclear capable delivery system; Ask yourself, what is faster than "Hyper"? Why light, ergo lasers, of course….
    Anyone think that the new laser containing satellites are NOT of interest to the US Space Command's defense divisions?
    4. One more, since the western democracies, Russia, and Chinese have spent an incredible amount of research and resources into figuring out how to deal with space based with weapons, and satellite killers since Reagan's time….anyone think that having an overkill number of interconnecting light speed sommunication satellites in low oribt kind of negates all of this 'kill the com satellites/disable the west's defense networks and communications effort? 🙂
    One thing that is obvious about Elon, he's one smart sonofabitch. He's also amazingly 'ballsy" and his mind operates on an almost unprecedented higher plane than almost anyone in recent memory. Mars? Hell I don't know of anyone sane that wants to move to and live say in the Gobi or any number of earth desserts, where you can go for free should you be so inclined, and have far greater chances of survival , than Mars… Anyone that thinks that mankind can destroy the earth* should study our geological history… Humanity almost rises to the level of a flea on the back of the world St. Bernard.

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