SpaceX Starlink Already Matches Cable Broadband Internet Service

US SpaceX Starlink users are getting 100 to 203 Mbps on downlink and around 15 to 33 Mbps on uplink. Latency varies between 20 to 45 milliseconds. There is a startup purchase cost for a Starlink terminal. The terminal costs $499. There about about 800-900 Starlink satellites currently and a full northern hemisphere deployment will …

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SpaceX Starlink Targets Near Global Service by 2021

SpaceX Starlink is initially providing service to the northern United States and southern Canada. SpaceX states that by 2021 the company will provide service to the populated world. Customers receive internet from the satellites in space via a user dish terminal and Wi-Fi router device. SpaceX sent and email to some potential beta customer describing …

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SpaceX Starlink Beta Customer Offer is 20-40 ms Latency and Up To 150 Mbps

SpaceX is offering Starlink as a service to beta customers. An email was sent to some of the people who signed up for SpaceX Starlink notifications. The Starlink network has about 888 satellites in low Earth orbit out of over 4,000 SpaceX satellites in the first phase deployment. Expect to see data speeds vary from …

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SpaceX is Now Four Starlink Launches from Minimum Global Coverage

SpaceX successfully launched another 60 starlink satellites. There are now be 180 production starlink satellites in orbit. There are about 49 of the test production satellites. It is not known if the test production satellites can be used for the commercial network. 420 satellites are needed for minor broadband coverage of Earth and 780 of …

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US, Russia, China and India Can Shoot Down Satellites

On March 27, 2019 India conducted Mission Shakti which was a successful anti-satellite missile test. In 2008, China had a successful anti-satellite missile test. It is like the European Space Agency, Japan and the UK have anti-satellite missile capability. SOURCES- European Space Agency, Indian Times, Nikkei Asian Review Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought …

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Rocket Lab Launching DARPA Membrane Antenna Satellite

Today Rocket Labs is counting down to launch a DARPA called Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration (R3D2) that will test technologies for deployable antennas. Once in orbit, R3D2 will deploy a Kapton membrane that will expand to a diameter of 2.25 meters to demonstrate the ability to small satellites to carry large deployable antennas …

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United Launch Alliance Successful Launched a Delta IV Heavy

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV Heavy on January 19, 2019. It was their 132nd successful launch. The launch was NROL-71. The rocket was probably carrying a large spy satellite for the US National Reconnaisance Office (NRO). The Heavy configuration of the Delta IV can put 28,370kg into Low Earth Orbit or …

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Amazon is Bringing Cloud Computing Economics and Convenience to Space Data Operations

Getting satellite data back to Earth is still more difficult than it should be. Large-scale satellite operators often build and run their own ground stations at a cost of up to one million dollars or more each; smaller operators enter into inflexible long-term contracts to make use of existing ground stations. Amazon will make space …

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New research for space based Neutral Particle Beam (NPB) system

The US Missile Defense Agency had a request for “Develop the enabling technologies required to field an operational exo-atmospheric Neutral Particle Beam (NPB) system”. Neutral beam accelerator technology was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. A prototype neutral hydrogen beam weapon was launched aboard a suborbital sounding rocket from White Sands Missile Range in July …

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High bandwidth mobile satellite internet for ships, trains, cars now

Kymeta is delivering the only commercially-available, flat-panel, electronically-steered satellite terminal. The technology is lighter weight and uses far less power than other technological alternatives. The Terminals can weigh 21 kilograms which is about one-third of the weight of alternatives. In the future (perhaps a few years) this technology could enable low-cost reception from the future …

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Airbus has solar powered stratosphere drone that has flown for nearly 26 days

An unmanned Airbus drone aircraft, a 75 kilogram Zephyr, flew for almost 26 days. It will offer local satellite-like services and runs on solar power. It flies in the stratosphere at an average altitude of 70,000 feet and has a wingspan of 25 meters. Zephyr is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) that fills a capability …

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