Question: Why Starlink Is A Big Deal?

Starlink specifically is a boon to the world because it will offer global broadband, providing extreme low-latency communications important to key economic sectors such as finance.

For Starlink to be effective, it will require a mega-constellation of as many as 42,000 satellites, based on regulatory filings..

But Starlink satellites will sit about 342 miles above the Earth’s surface. That’s much closer than other satellites, which means there’s much less distance for your internet signal to travel to a Starlink satellite. And you know what that means: less latency.

5G is a system that uses lots and lots of small cell phone towers to connect directly to your phone. Meanwhile, Starlink connects to a dedicated receiver on the ground to connect to the satellite. Once the receiver has a connection, it can be connected to a wifi router and provide service. Thats just mmwave 5g.

Starlink will make 5G affordable, as if there was no Starlink then the 5g providers couldn’t use the present satellite networks due to higher ping. So they would’ve to improve current net infrastructure & optimize it. Starlink might reinforce 5G and Vice Versa.

Legal action could be used to stop Starlink affecting telescope images. A group of astronomers has called for legal action to stop the launch of vast numbers of satellites designed to beam high-speed internet around the world until their impact on the night sky can be assessed.

The Starlink customer antenna is about the size of a pizza box, so you won’t be able to carry it everywhere you would bring a cell phone. At most, Starlink would compete with portable cellular-to-WiFi hot spots. No. Starlink will require a big base station.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave SpaceX a green light to launch a constellation of thousands of internet satellites, called Starlink. … A forthcoming paper suggests the FCC’s approval of the project may violate a major environmental law. Two legal experts agree.

Elon Musk recently revealed details about how people will access StarLink. It will be incredibly simple, and it will enable access to the relatively free global internet from anywhere on the planet. Starlink Terminal has motors to self-adjust optimal angle to view sky.

It’s launching the satellites into a lower orbital plane than most space tech to avoid collisions. Even with such precautions, mega-constellations like Starlink will results in 67,000 potential collisions per year, another space scientist warned.

They will boost though that is one the Ion Drives are for 🙂 Elon is already working on his satellite pooper scooper….. The ISS is at around 400 and can stay in space for like 14 months without boosting. Since Starlink satellites are at 540, I’d guesstimate like 2-3 years.

In the long run, this could diminish our view of the universe, create more space debris, and, potentially, deprive humanity of an unblemished view of the night sky. It’s not that the 19 Starlink satellites ruined the entire night of observations, Johnson says.

And the internet speed they are claiming is around 1Gbps, not bad as it is still 10 times faster than 4G LTE (100 Mbps) but very less as compared to 5G. It is a definite upgrade than anything we are currently using.

SpaceX’s Starlink mega constellation will not cause any problems for astronomy, the company’s CEO and founder Elon Musk said today, Monday, March 9, despite some astronomers already reporting issues caused by the rapidly growing constellation.

SpaceX has yet to announce any concrete Starlink internet plans or prices, but it’s likely they’ll offer at least one unlimited plan, if not go entirely unlimited like Viasat. … Since Starlink won’t be available for a number of months, it’s still wise to check out the satellite internet plans in your area.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced the Starlink concept (though not the name) back in January 2015, explaining that the company intended to launch about 4,000 broadband satellites to low Earth orbit to provide low-cost internet service to people around the world. The envisioned numbers have grown since then.

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According to SpaceX, Starlink will offer speeds of up to a gigabit per second at latencies from 25 milliseconds to 35 milliseconds. That’s much faster than old-school satellites. HughesNet, the grandpa of satellite Internet, offers download speeds up to 25Mbps and upload speeds up to 3Mbps.

Will satellites replace cell towers?

“We’re going to turn all their phones into satellite phones.” The objective isn’t to completely replace the need for cell towers on the ground, though. No matter what, Earth-based cell towers will provide faster coverage than cell service from space, says Miller.