SpaceX says 12,000 satellites isn’t enough, so it might launch another 30,000 – Space Saturdays October 19, 2019

As part of my cell phone’s daily random news, this popped up a couple of days ago – SpaceX says 12,000 satellites isn’t enough, so it might launch another 30,000: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/spacex-might-launch-another-30000-broadband-satellites-for-42000-total/.

.SpaceX is seeking permission to launch another 30,000 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites for its Starlink broadband network, which would be in addition to the nearly 12,000 satellites the company already has permission to launch. But it’s too early in the process to determine whether SpaceX is likely to launch most or all of the additional 30,000 satellites.

The Federal Communications Commission made the requests on SpaceX’s behalf, as is standard practice, in a series of filings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) last week. (Here’s an example of one of the filings.) The 30,000 satellites would operate “at altitudes ranging from 328 kilometers to 580 kilometers,” SpaceNews reported yesterday.

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Dramatic expansion in satellites orbiting Earth

SpaceX is facing competition in the nascent low-Earth satellite broadband market from OneWeb, Space Norway, Telesat, and Amazon. Broadband delivered by low-Earth satellites should provide faster speeds and lower latencies than traditional satellites, which orbit at much higher altitudes. SpaceX has said it intends to provide gigabit speeds and latency as low as 25ms, but the company hasn’t revealed how much the service will cost.

SpaceX’s constellation alone would dwarf the total number of satellites orbiting Earth today. As of January 2019, about 8,950 satellites had been placed into Earth orbit since 1957, and about 5,000 of those were still in space, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Only about 1,950 of those are still functioning.

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10 Responses to SpaceX says 12,000 satellites isn’t enough, so it might launch another 30,000 – Space Saturdays October 19, 2019

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow that’s a lot

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    • 12,000 would be plenty, but throwing up another 30,000 on top is going to irk a lot of people who don’t have access to telescopes above the low orbits these satellites will have.

      I think it’s great to offer cheap Internet as my home Internet is my phone and probably will be for almost 4 years unless someone comes up with a cheap enough plan that I can afford before then. If I didn’t have a few alternative Internet connections away from home, it would be hard for me to blog as much as I do.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        You use a lot of public internet if I remember?

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      • Yes, I do. I dislike using my phone as I am not like my daughter who could whip out a long post on her phone fast. I thought I had scheduled my 8:08 post last night, but when I woke up,it hadn’t posted so I went looking for an interesting post that wouldn’t be to hard to re-blog from my phone. I also scheduled a 10:10 post from my phone as I don’t usually get to my favorite Internet cafe until shortly after 10 and didn’t want to rush out one. It helps that the manager and regional manager like me being there. It reduces the risk of the place getting robbed. It has only been robbed twice when I was there and both of those were thought to be employee related. Plus, the time I got locked in when an employee quit without telling me or anybody else.

        I do check my blog at home on my phone, but it doesn’t always update timely. It’s usually pretty good about updating comments more than it is about updating when my posts go live.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        What an adventure you have had

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      • Right now, I am debating what to do next. The cold Wichita winters are getting harder to deal with as I age. The numerous cases of frostbite since the early 1980s only make it worse. So far, this year’s late fall hasn’t been too bad and looks to be mild for the next week.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        Yikes didn’t know how cold Kansas could get

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      • In my part, it can get around -10 F on a bad winter, not counting wind chill. I lived in northwest Kansas 20 miles from Nebraska and Colorado. My first winter there 1983 – 1984, we had two -20 F days with wind chills of -50 and -70 F. That’s the first time I got frostbite. Before frostbite, I could be out in 30 F weather in t-shirt and shorts. Now, 60 F has me in two or three light jackets. I have gotten used to setting my furnace at 60 and hiding under the blankets as the heating bill is manageable at 60. At 70, my preferred level, my heating bill would be out of range for my wallet.

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      • SLIMJIM says:

        Wow crazy. I have visited Kansas near Nebraska about 2 years ago

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  2. What part of Kansas? You said near the Nebraska border, but there’s a fair-sized border with our northern neighbor.

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