A Hyper-Connected World With 25 Times Faster Travel Will Triple the World Economy

Nextbigfuture has looked at the likely future of SpaceX up to 2030 and now recaps the view to 2030 and extends the view to 2050. The Mars aspect of SpaceX future impact will be less important than how 25X the speed of sound travel transforms our world and has huge economic impacts. Geoffrey West and …

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SpaceX Starlink $28 Million Air Force Contract Has Delivered 610 Mbps to Military Plane

SpaceX Starlink communication satellite features are being tested by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory under the Global Lightning program. SpaceX received a $28 million contract to test over the next three years to test Starlink broadband services with the military. SpaceX has demonstrated data throughput of 610 megabits per second in flight to the …

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Animation of 42,000 Starlink Satellites

SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. They have a Starlink.com website. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services …

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Elon Musk Tweets Over Starlink and SpaceX Targets Mid-2020 for Starlink Broadband Service

Elon Musk has successfully used Starlink satellites to send some twitter messages. SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Oct. 22. that SpaceX will start offering broadband service in the United States via its Starlink constellation in mid-2020. SpaceX will have to launch six to eight Starlink satellite launches. SpaceX needs 24 launches …

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Future of SpaceX Starlink and Starships

SpaceX has submitted requests to add 30,000 satellites for Starlink 3.0. They had 20 filings to the ITU (International Telecommunications for 1,500 satellites apiece in various low Earth orbits. SpaceX had originally filed for an initial Starlink network of 4425 satellites. Once the first 1000 satellites are up they will be able to start operation. …

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Orbion Space Technology Solves Orbital Last Mile Issues

Dr. Brad King, CEO of Orbion Space Technology, was interviewed by Nextbigfuture. Brad King has two decades in the space field and many professional awards recognize his research contributions in propulsion. He has a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, has served on numerous NASA, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community advisory …

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Realtime Position Accuracy to Within 10 Centimeters

The Global Differential GPS (GDGPS) System is a real-time GNSS monitoring and augmentation system that provides location information to about 3-inch position accuracy. They use a large ground network of real-time reference receivers, innovative network architecture, and real-time data processing software, the GDGPS System provides sub-decimeter (less than 10 cm) positioning accuracy and sub-nanosecond time …

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SpaceX Files to Accelerate Starlink Commercialization Readiness to November 2020

SpaceX has a new FCC filing to adjust the orbital deployment of Starlink satellites to accelerate deployment of commercial service. SpaceX plans to provide continual coverage over northern states after as few as six more launches. They need license modification to speed up deployment in the Southern US. SpaceX’s filing stresses the importance of quickly …

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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 …

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US Spy Satellites at Diffraction Limit for Resolution Since 1971

The image tweeted by Trump was at about 10-centimeter resolution. It was likely a picture taken by the US224 satellite. This was one of the upgraded keyhole satellites that have the same mirror as the Hubble Telescope (2.4 meters). It was widely known for many years that the Keyhole spy satellites were using the same …

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