Re: Musk's Starlink

Msg # 1011 of 1022 on Fidonet Internet Chat
Time: Friday, 6-12-20, 9:21
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-=> August Abolins wrote to Richard Menedetter <=-
 AA> Hello Richard!
 AA> ** On Thursday 11.06.20 - 10:10, Richard Menedetter wrote to Daniel:
 RM> Sorry ... I could not find any price information for their satellite
 RM> service there.
 AA> :( Likewise. It just seems suspicious that he got away with the project
 AA> without actually stating what the price of using the service would be
 AA> to a customer.  Wouldn't the bottom line price be the logical concern
 AA> before tossing 1000's of more space junk up there that can put other
 AA> people at the risk of falling debris?
They're not junk if they serve a purpose and especially if they deorbit when
And on the price, it will be a worldwide service and would be open to a
subscriber base than a traditional provider. It would be much easier to
an inexpensive service when spreading the cost to a larger base of
This is why many areas of the US lack broadband internet. The providers
see a value of laying fiber in rural areas that are so underpopulated that
they'd never get a return of investment.
 RM> How much more reasonably priced is the Space X offering?
 AA> I have to wonder too. I think the use of the satellite tech will
 AA> eventually be promoted as a premium service thus higher than current
 AA> prices for the same bandwidth.
Current satellite offerings are super expensive particularly due to the
cost of
the satellites and the launch cost. They are also high latency and slow
I have friends living in the mountains who had it and were forced to ditch
in favor of really slow hotspot service. I send him dvd's of linux every few
months so he can patch his computers.
 AA> For example, the current home satellite-dish solution was heavily
 AA> promoted as "a solution at last!" for rural communities.  The initial
 AA> signup cost seemed reasonable. Some installations offered free hardware
 AA> setup, but the equipment for the home wasn't cheap. Now, many years
 AA> later, the sign up and equioment cost is a bit lower, but only for the
 AA> first 3 months.  This kind of presentation of "affordability" is
 AA> misleading.
SpaceX's solution will be a 'ufo on a stick.' No dish needed.
 AA> I just spotted "720 satellites for total coverage in 2020" in
 AA> wikipedia. Then its 1584 by 2021-2022.
 AA> And now I read that Daniel stated that Musk want's 20,000 of things in
 AA> the sky.
That would be an eventual goal, but I may be wrong on the number. I know
in the tens-of-thousands and recently got approval for more. The satellites
really small compared to the ones you normally see in orbit. Each no larger
than my computer desk and less than a foot thick. Each blade have dozens of
individual computers in a mesh, powered by solar, and armed with autonomous
This is the future.
Daniel Traechin
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