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Another 60 Starlink broadband satellites on a Falcon 9!
"The price of building and launching the satellites will likely run as high as $10 billion, according to one early estimate from the company. There are also technical hurdles, such as how to build user terminals that consumers will be able to afford." https://news.google.com/articles/CBMiVGh0dHBzOi8vd3d3LmNubi5jb20vMjAyMC8wMS8wNi90ZWNoL3NwYWNleC1zdGFybGluay1zYXRlbGxpdGUtbGF1bmNoLTIwMjAvaW5kZXguaHRtbNIBWGh0dHBzOi8vYW1wLmNubi5jb20vY25uLzIwMjAvMDEvMDYvdGVjaC9zcGFjZXgtc3Rhcmxpbmstc2F0ZWxsaXRlLWxhdW5jaC0yMDIwL2luZGV4Lmh0bWw?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen …
Screen shot of 60 additional Starlink satellites tonight floating away together. From there they will be disbursed all at once to find their place in the mega constellation. They are designed to be able to bump into each other during this deployment phase and still be operable.
Starlink terminals seem to be mechanically steered in part at least. Will there be a dropout every minute or two (at 500km satellites move past you very quickly) since they don't have two antennas. What are the mounting guidelines? Bolt to a roof?
Unit economics are different if a truck roll is required. The retail cost of the terminal is critical to a business case.
There will be other solutions for moving antennas (eg, vehicles) using different technology like metamaterials. Cost will be different. Lots of trade offs.
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