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    Default SpaceX 'StarLink' broadband satellite service [MicroSat test results]

    This is a huge project, up to 12,000 ~900 kg satellites satellites, which has garnered support from members of Congress and in Telecommunications committee hearings. Part of the idea is to provide low cost broadband internet service to underserviced areas, not just in the US but worldwide. The rest xinclures orbital data centers, etc. for both civilian and government use. Initial launchers will be by Falcon 9 and Falcon heavy, launching about 20 to 30 satellites at a time.

    Subsequent high bulk launches would need to be handled by the upcoming ~9 meter core super-heavy rocket Musk is expected to announce the end of this month at the IAC2017 conference in Australia. The anticipated specs for this rocket make it an equivalent to the NASA Nova which never flew. A beast more powerful than Saturn V, the space launch system, or anything else that has ever flown. The Mars Rockets little brother.

    First, the trademark filings

    STARLINK

    STARLINK's trademarked was recently registered,

    http://www.trademarkia.com/starlink-87576978.html

    http://www.trademarkia.com/starlink-87576974.html

    Florida Today story

    http://www.floridatoday.com/story/te...usk/680714001/
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    Morgan Stanley's evaluation says that the StarLink satellite constellation could increase SpaceX's valuation to $50 billion from its current $21 billion. Estimates of the revenues run up as high as $30 billion a year.

    Sounds like they'll have enough money for BFR/BFS variants to fly point to point Earth transportation, the Moon and for Mars.

    SpaceX's Patricia Cooper testimony before Congress re: the StarLink constellation

    https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923210044036059137

    Cooper @SpaceX to Senate zings #OneWeb @greg_wyler: Our constellation mainly US parts & US - not Russian- launched. (OneWeb uses Soyuz.)

    https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923206069131841537

    Cooper @SpaceX to Senate: 2 test sats launch in coming mnths; then full constellation launches 2019-24; service starts at 800 sats ~ 2020-21

    https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923201764589006848

    Cooper tells Senate the @spaceX constellation will have 20 sats visible at any time everywhere over US territory.

    https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/923213452822360071

    Cooper @SpaceX: We are not seeking outside investment for the satellite constellation.

    https://twitter.com/CHenry_SN/status/923208692132188160

    SpaceX's Cooper: SpaceX is designing our satellites to be able to maneuver thousands of times in lifetime.


    Full written statement (PDF)

    Link....
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    FCC permit for the Starlink demo-sats granted. They should go up just after the first of the year.

    ​​​​​​​NGSO = Non-GeoStationary Orbit (commsat)

    Station Locations

    (1) MOBILE: NGSO - Inclination 97.4deg, 514-1125 km circular
    (2) MOBILE: NGSO - Inclination 97.4deg, 514-1125 km circular
    (3) MOBILE: NGSO - Inclination 97.4deg, 514-1125 km circular
    (4) MOBILE: NGSO - Inclination 97.4deg, 514-1125 km circular
    (5) Redmond (KING), WA - NL 47-40-02; WL 122-05-40
    (6) Hawthorne (LOS ANGELES), CA - NL 33-55-15; WL 118-19-41
    (7) Fremont (ALAMEDA), CA - NL 37-29-36; WL 121-56-38
    (8) McGregor (MCLENNAN), TX - NL 31-24-30; WL 97-27-48
    (9) Brownsville (CAMERON), TX - NL 25-59-27; WL 97-10-56
    (10) Redmond (KING), WA - NL 47-40-02; WL 122-05-40
    (11) MOBILE: TV1 - USA: within 150 km of Locations 5-9
    (12) MOBILE: TV2 - USA: within 150 km of Locations 5-9
    (13) MOBILE: TV3 - USA: within 150 km of Locations 5-9
    (14) Brewster (OKANOGAN), WA - NL 48-08-50; WL 119-41-49

    Full PDF....
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    And here we go....

    Peter B. de Selding
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    Spanish govt Paz civil/military radar sat, built by @AirbusSpace, is readied for airlift from Spain to Calif/VAFB for Jan 30 @SpaceX mission. 1,400-kg Paz to launch w/ 2 SpaceX microsats that will demo future broadband constellation & provide ITU registration (BIU).
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    FCC approves SpaceX's StarLink constellation.

    Seems to indicate the MicroSat-A/B test satellites worked as expected.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/fcc-...-services.html

    FCC authorizes Elon Musk's SpaceX to provide broadband satellite services

    * This marks the first time the FCC has allowed a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services through low-Earth orbit satellites.

    * SpaceX's proposed satellite system, dubbed "Starlink," includes 4,425 satellites with frequencies in the Ka and Ku bands.



    The two demonstration satellites SpaceX launched on Feb. 22 on a Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved an application by Elon Musk's SpaceX, allowing the aerospace company to provide broadband services using satellites in the U.S. and worldwide.

    "With this action, the Commission takes another step to increase high-speed broadband availability and competition in the United States," the FCC said in a statement.

    This marks the first time the FCC has allowed a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services through low-Earth orbit satellites.
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    Fidelity Investments just invested $500 million in SpaceX for the StarLink deployment.
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    More info on the Fidelity investments,

    Fund: Fidelity Investments (major player)
    Series: I
    Amount: $510 million
    Estimated share price: $165±
    Valuation: $27.4 billion (up ≥25% vs. 2017)

    In 2015 Fidelity invested $100 million shortly after the StarLink announcement. Google added another $900 million.
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    Nitant Bhartia @nitantbhartia
    How’s the global internet project coming along?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Pretty good. TinTin A & B are both closing the link to ground w phased array at high bandwidth, low latency (25 ms). Good enough to play fast response video games.
    3:07 PM - May 26, 2018
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    G C @SmileSimplify
    Will TinTin A & B be the only demo units Starlink deploys before start of full <satellite> production & deployment? Or will there be a few more? Do you have an (aspirational) timeline for when Starlink would begin commercial service?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Will do another rev before final design
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