June 6, 2018

SpaceX Starlink Update

The future fleet of over a thousand satellites seems to be on track.  The two prototype satellites in orbit are functioning very well. The satellites, named TinTin A and B, are able to communicate at high bandwidth with a latency of 25 ms.  That's fast enough for online video games.

The satellite division has 4500 employees in itself.  They are building their own ground stations as well.

They are planning a tenfold decrease in the cost of satellites as part of this effort.  Furthermore, these satellites are ten times faster than conventional geostationary or mid-level satellite solutions.  So the net effect is a thousand-fold increase in capability for a given price.

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