SpaceX Could Have First Starlink Service By February 2020

SpaceX is planning four Starlink satellite launches by the end of 2019. This would put 240 satellites into orbit.

The four launches are currently targeting:
October 10
October 25
November 13
December 8

SpaceX can provide service top the USA and Canada after 360 satellites are operating in orbit. Previously SpaceX had talked about two launches in 2019 and seven launches in the first half of 2020. SpaceX could get the six launches they need to reach 360 Starlink satellites by the end of January 2020. They would then spend some time getting the satellites into the right positions.

If the 4th commercial Starlink launch happens in December then it seems likely that there would be two more in January, 2020.

SpaceX has already successfully deployed sixty production versions of the Starlink Satellite. 50 of those satellites are still working.

In capital markets, low latency is the use of algorithmic (programmed) trading to react to market events faster than the competition to increase the profitability of trades. In 2007 a large global investment bank has stated that every millisecond lost results in $100 million per year in lost opportunity. Laser light communication in a vacuum is physically 45% faster than communication through a fiber.

SpaceX will start generating substantial revenue in 2020 equal or slightly exceeding launch revenue. This was based upon 2017 SpaceX revenue projections from a 2017 Wall Street Journal article.

SOURCES- Twitter, SpaceX
Written By Brian Wang,

22 thoughts on “SpaceX Could Have First Starlink Service By February 2020”

  1. I am wondering: are people who are already very rich really thaaat interested in who leads the league of the super rich?
    Surely money is a motivator only up to a point. If their whole life is based of making more just for the sake of it, they must be sick.
    Surely it is more important to find fulfillment in doing interesting things rather than just shoveling the dollars.

  2. Bezos hit the jackpot, I don’t think it’s necessary for someone to be brilliant or even to have great ideas to be more successful. Elon needs to hit the jackpot too, and neither SpaceX nor Tesla, as great as these two companies are, are anywhere near as big a jackpot as Amazon was. For Musk to catch up with Bezos I think he needs to set his sights on pop culture or otherwise ordinary shit and do absolutely nothing for the future of humanity, in order to catch up with Bezos. Like I said, not likely.

  3. survey says: MOVE to Japan,they have nationwide free,super fast internet on a fiber optic net,installed right after it was invented by Al Gore.

  4. This fairly recent report suggests that financial institutions will be the initial market, but that they do plan to branch out into rural and mobile internet as the constellation expands.

    They can’t handle a lot of users per square mile, because of limited bandwidth per satellite. So it wouldn’t be useful for providing densely populated areas with internet.

  5. Well the company is named Space EXPLORATION Technologies. From its inception, he intended for it to do far more than just launch payloads.

  6. What I find strange is how often Elon Musk personally generates so much negative publicity, largely undeserved IMHO. I would love a job with SpaceX actually building an advanced propulsion system for SpaceX reusable rockets. Dr. John Slough has a concept he calls “Plasma Magnet Drive”. It’s analogous to a Spinnaker Sail for the Solar Wind. It can speed up SpaceX’s planned jumbo-rockets to speeds 40 times faster than the fastest chemical rocket, in less than a day! Jeff Greason pointed out this 400 km per second speed is so fast getting to Mars, with 500 passengers and a million pounds of cargo, would only take 7 days, instead of six months solely on chemical rockets. Greason has pointed out the real problem has been figuring out how to slow the 100 km diameter Plasma Sail driven rockets down for Mars gravity well capture. Greason has seriously proposed dust particle accelerators on the moons of Mars to slow the Plasma Sails down, and there’s no technical question about that solution. But it does require some precursor chemical rocket flights to set up that infrastructure. Dr. Robert Zubrin then came out with Dipole-Drive. It requires two separated 1000 m diameter charged metal grids to do similar speeds. Both require 40 kilowatts of power. Elon has never liked fission’s bad optics. I have always wondered if a solar-powered, self-contained hybrid Plasma Sail/Dipole-Drive rocket is in our future for solar system Colonization.

  7. While I think he will be, I believe he’s roughly 10 years away from passing Bezos.
    I would love to see him buy a majority stake in Tesla, and take it private. But I agree with you on it’s unlikely, as he will likely start a mining company. During such time SpaceX will become a Solar System Colonizer. 🙂

  8. Spacex is “destroying” the competition with a mass swarm of kinetic projectile bombs to blowup away satellite in its path… get your weak pathetic satellites out of the way… spacex moves for nobody!

    1. Probably will never catch up with Bezos.
    2. I think he’s more likely to expand into new companies. Possibly nuclear energy or aviation, maybe mining.
  9. Re: Internet. I live in a rural area. I had the same options as you. We used our cell phone data plan for several years. About a year ago we heard about at&t fixed wireless and we ordered it. You might want to look it up. Ive been very impressed with it. We regularly stream netflix, prime and hulu without issue. Before this, I been hoping starlink would get off the ground and provide rural internet.

  10. My understanding as to what happened is that the ESA originally contacted them when the chance of a collision was about 1 in 50k, and it was decided nothing needed to be done. (That’s the “refused to move” point.) When they reevaluated the odds to 1 in 10K, their threshold for action, they emailed SpaceX about it, and ended up in the spam filter.

    A phone call would have cleared it up.

    Edit: The ESA is now whitelisted, it isn’t expected to happen again.

  11. This is going to make Elon Musk the richest man in the world, and rightfully so.
    Once he is the richest man in the world, he will buy tesla out.
    Tesla will become Elon Musk’s private company at that point.

  12. It depends on when they can mass produce the phased array antennas. Current versions are way too expensive. You sound like exactly the customer they want to serve once they can sell you an antenna for a few hundred bucks.

  13. It’s worth noting that the first 60 Starlink and probably the first 360 in the phase 1 Constellation won’t have the laser inter-satellite links so it won’t provide that low latency connection between financial centers.

  14. I am confuzzled on who this will benefit. I originally thought that this would replace internet providers such as Comcast, Time Warner and others in remote locations. Recently its been stated that this will be for major commercial/industrial users instead of single house hold types. As a user that lives next to 6th largest city in the USA but has almost not options for internet this saddens me. I have 4 options, Dial up….yes 56k modem, Satellite with a latency thats absurd and data limit that makes cell phones look attractive, Cell phone data which is either 3G or LTE depending on which way the wind blows, or a line of sight radio tower that gives me 6 Mbs for $79 a month. After spending 4k for a 75′ tower at my house I now have 6 Mbs but its hit or miss on uptime and speeds. i NEED someone like spaceX to break up this barrier and give me internet speeds that correspond to any major metropolis. Please spaceX take my money !

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