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    Starlink constellation is designed to send signals much more quickly than geostationary satellites.
    This is called low latency. The sats will be in low earth orbit (LEO), which means they orbit the
    earth every 90 minutes, which means they travel at 17,500 mph and spend a very short period
    of time over any particular zone.

    Geosynchronous (or geostationary) sats fly 22,236 mi above the earth in geostationary equatorial
    orbits (GEO) and thus have a high latency. Their orbits are designed to keep the sats in a
    stationary postition over a particular zone so that they can maintain constant contact.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_Earth_orbit
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geostationary_orbit
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geosynchronous_satellite
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geosynchronous_orbit


    Ep 34 - NASA goes back to the Moon, Space X Starlink Internet, and Tesla V3 Supercharging

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch8tKp3Ug38
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    Well SpaceX just deployed the 60 flat stats & I have to say it went just the way I predicted it would....

    Bla-bla-bla, bla-bla, bla, bla, bla,
    Either that or something entirely different
    I was wrong on the first part but nailed the ending
    Eric

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    Wow, they just flew off en masse by their own inertia -- who'da thunk it?

    SpaceX | Successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LumdiRneEo4

    Check out the nifty graphic:
    https://www.starlink.com/

    Reddit Starlink
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Starlink/

    Starlink.com is finally live
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Starlink/co..._finally_live/

    Elon Musk says SpaceX Starlink internet satellites will fund his Mars vision
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Starlink/co...link_internet/

    No LEO constellation has worked without going bankrupt
    https://twitter.com/Erdayastronaut/s...86289917091841

    SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites on Thrice-Flown Rocket, Sticks Landing
    https://www.space.com/spacex-launche...atellites.html

    SpaceX’s first 60 Starlink broadband satellites deployed in orbit
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/05/2...oyed-in-orbit/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ESokoloff View Post
    Looks a bit gangly.
    I'm thinking it's the answer to a question unasked but time will tell.

    Very impressive to see though

    https://youtu.be/Hku8TH9NKfw
    That didn't take long.....

    Rumor has it it's not going to pan out.
    Talk of looking for a buyer.
    Eric

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    NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024
    May 20, 2018
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    Lawmakers last week questioned the Trump administration’s proposal to end direct U.S. government support of the International Space Station in 2025, citing concerns about the economic viability of commercial outposts in low Earth orbit.

    In a pair of hearings before Senate and House panels, NASA’s manager in charge of human spaceflight activities, the agency’s inspector general, and independent experts testified on the future of the International Space Station, and the White House’s plans to discontinue government funding of the orbiting research laboratory.

    It has been NASA’s goal since the Obama administration to eventually turn over human spaceflight operations in low Earth orbit, a region a few hundred miles in altitude, to commercial companies, freeing up federal funding to pay for expeditions deeper into space.

    The Trump administration in February proposed ending direct U.S. government support of the space station in 2025, prompting debate and discussion....

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/05/2...on-after-2024/


    NASA unveils plans to commercialize low Earth orbit
    June 7, 2019
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    NASA unveiled an ambitious program Friday to commercialize low-Earth orbit, making way for product development and even advertising aboard the International Space Station, month-long visits by company astronauts starting as early as next year and use of a station docking port for privately financed research-and-development modules.

    NASA’s five-part commercialization blueprint also calls for the agency to facilitate development of technology needed for free-flying research labs NASA could rent space aboard in the future and work to “stimulate sustainable demand” for commercial R & D in a variety of fields ranging from in-space manufacturing to biomedicine.

    Revenue from commercial use of the International Space Station will help offset on-going operational costs, freeing up resources for NASA’s accelerated Artemis program, which is aimed at sending astronauts back to the surface of the moon in just five years.

    “We’re reaching out to the private sector to see if you can push the economic frontier into space,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA director of space operations. “This is a shift for NASA that will be beneficial for the American economy and for the American citizens.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/06/0...w-earth-orbit/


    Bigelow announces plans for private astronaut flights to space station
    June 14, 2019
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    Bigelow Space Operations says it will charge $52 million per seat to send private astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Crew Dragon ferry ships, and has already paid “substantial sums” to SpaceX for up to four dedicated crew missions to the orbiting research complex.

    The announcement came in a statement June 7 by Robert Bigelow, the wealthy founder of Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace and Bigelow Space Operations, hours after NASA unveiled plans to use the International Space Station to commercialize low Earth orbit for human spaceflight.

    Bigelow said his company made the initial payments to SpaceX in September 2018.

    These (four) launches are dedicated flights each carrying up to four people for a duration of one to possibly two months on the ISS,” Bigelow wrote.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/06/1...space-station/

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    First Falcon Heavy night launch slips to June 24
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    The first nighttime launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, and the first Falcon Heavy flight for the U.S. military, is set for no earlier than June 24 from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Air Force officials said Friday.

    The four-hour launch window opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT on June 24 (0330 GMT on June 25). The new target launch date is two days later than previously planned.

    The Falcon Heavy will launch 24 satellites into three distinct orbits around Earth, using up most of the heavy-lift rocket’s lift capacity with a series of four upper stage engine burns, the most ever by a SpaceX launch vehicle.

    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/06/0...ps-to-june-24/


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    Why SpaceX is Making Starlink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giQ8xEWjnBs
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    Falcon Heavy engines test-fired for launch next week
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/06/1...-launch-preps/

    SpaceX fires Falcon Heavy’s 27 booster engines ahead of “most difficult launch ever”
    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-fal...t-launch-ever/

    A SpaceX surprise: Falcon Heavy booster landing to smash distance record
    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-sur...stance-record/

    Falcon Heavy: USAF STP-2 mission
    https://thespaceport.us/forum/topic/...stp-2-mission/

    STP-2 Launch Campaign Thread
    https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comm...mpaign_thread/

    Coverage Set for NASA Tech Missions Launching on SpaceX Falcon Heavy
    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/c...x-falcon-heavy

    One legacy of Carl Sagan may take flight next week—a working solar sail
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...ng-solar-sail/

    LightSail 2 Animation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OmGvycgNCg

    How NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock Could Be the Next Space GPS

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GEeak4Vphs

    NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock
    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/clock/index.html

    Rocket Report: Falcon Heavy ready to fly, Stratolaunch plane put up for sale
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2019...t-up-for-sale/
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    Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation
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    Amazon is joining the race to provide broadband internet access around the globe via thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit, newly uncovered filings show.

    The effort, code-named Project Kuiper, follows up on last September’s mysterious reports that Amazon was planning a “big, audacious space project” involving satellites and space-based systems. The Seattle-based company is likely to spend billions of dollars on the project, and could conceivably reap billions of dollars in revenue once the satellites go into commercial service.

    https://www.geekwire.com/2019/amazon...and-satellite/


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    More photos from SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy night launch
    https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/06/3...-night-launch/
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    View from the fairing during the STP-2 mission
    https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/11...241371649?s=19

    Landing on Ms. Tree
    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1146574336205058048

    SpaceX Monthly Recap | STP-2, Potential Starship Customers, and more!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0vEUprOZlg
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    SpaceX satellite was on “collision course” until ESA satellite was re-routed
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    The European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday took action to avoid a collision with a SpaceX broadband satellite after a bug in SpaceX's on-call paging system prevented the company from getting a crucial update.

    "For the first time ever, ESA has performed a 'collision avoidance maneuver' to protect one of its satellites from colliding with a 'mega constellation,'" the ESA said on Twitter. The "mega constellation" ESA referred to is SpaceX's Starlink broadband system, which is in the early stages of deployment but could eventually include nearly 12,000 satellites.

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    Excellent thread....

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    I do not believe for one minute that ESA has never had to move a satellite, and if it was in fact the first time, then what is the big deal? You should be able to move your satellites anytime at a moments notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den283 View Post
    I do not believe for one minute that ESA has never had to move a satellite, and if it was in fact the first time, then what is the big deal? You should be able to move your satellites anytime at a moments notice.
    The article goes on to talk about a new kind of air traffic control; or in this case, space traffic control. That's what the big deal is.
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    Russia scuppers plans for global satellite internet AGAIN by denying OneWeb's second request to access their radio frequencies
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    • OneWeb has been denied its request to enter Russia for the second time
    • The British company is vying to rival Amazon and SpaceX to provide internet globally
    • The company is a satellite-based provider and first tried to enter Russia in 2017
    • Russia said it fears that the provider could enable spying in the country
    • Skeptics call the move another effort to tighten control over the web
    • In May, Russia signed a law requiring providers to stop using foreign servers

    Russia ramped up efforts to restrict internet usage, denying satellite-based internet provider OneWeb's request to set up shop.

    OneWeb, a British company vying to rival Amazon and SpaceX to provide internet globally, was recently denied by Russia's State Commission for Radio Frequencies who said the service could be used for spying.

    This is the second time in two years that OneWeb has been denied permission to operate in Russia as the country continues to tighten its control of in the internet.

    OneWeb has been blocked from providing internet in Russia for the second time as the country tightens its grip on web access.

    Throughout the last several months, Russia has pursued its plan to incrementally distance the country from the rest of the world's web.

    Notably, Russia announced in its intention to build its own separate countrywide internet which is cut off from the rest of the globe.

    In May, the Russian government signed a bill into law that requires that all service providers in the country disconnect from foreign servers.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...-internet.html


    Russia denies OneWeb permission to operate in Russia

    Russian government agencies this week denied permission to OneWeb to operate and provide internet services within Russia, even though Russia is launching a large bulk of OneWeb’s satellite constellation.

    One agency denied them permission to use certain radio frequencies. Another has said no because it claims the satellites could be used for espionage. The first denial, in 2017, came from Roscosmos, which is also the agency launching OneWeb’s satellites.
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    Russia continues its sad slide back to Soviet-style authoritarianism and poverty.

    See the comments.
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-th...ate-in-russia/


    Russia protests: Hundreds detained during unauthorised demonstration
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    More than 600 people have been detained over an unauthorised protest in Moscow, amid reports of police violence.

    Protesters had gathered in the Russian capital after authorities disqualified a number of opposition candidates from standing in local elections.

    Leading activist Lyubov Sobol was arrested before she could reach the rally, attended by 1,500 people.

    Video from the rally shows officers using their batons against demonstrators while making arrests.

    Russian officials initially said there had been just 30 arrests and 350 attendees.

    Monitoring group OVD-Info, which runs a hotline for reporting detentions, had been keeping a running toll, which rapidly jumped from a few dozen arrests to several hundred.

    Officers in riot gear had earlier moved into the capital and warned people not to protest. Russian news agency TASS reported that one police officer had been injured while making an arrest.

    But protesters also reported mistreatment at the hands of police.

    Footage broadcast on Russian television and shared on social media showed police pin people to the ground, kicking or using batons on them. One man told Dozhd TV channel that one such person had been removed from the police van for a beating after asking officers to identify themselves.

    Banned from rallying, the organisers designated this a Saturday "stroll" with multiple gathering points along Moscow's boulevard ring.

    So it wasn't always obvious who was protesting. The old ladies on the benches? The man walking his dog? The food delivery man, right in the middle of it?

    To the riot police, out in huge numbers in helmets and body armour, it didn't seem to matter much. They erected metal barriers and blocked off roads.

    Then a woman's voice came over a loudspeaker, to declare that the security forces included conscripts. "Your sons are among them!", she said. Then those conscripts - and the professionals - swooped and grabbed people. I saw one man being carried off upside down still strapped to his bicycle.

    Once again, hundreds have been detained. This time, though, the police mostly kept their batons buckled to their belts. But the defiance I heard from protesters suggests they'll be back.

    Read the rest:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49218726
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