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As if Elon Musk wasn't bad enough, but now Amazon is getting in on the Act!!!!

carastro
01 Aug, 2020 18:32
Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites.
All so Americans can shop more on Amazon


Amazon got the stamp of approval this week from America's communications watchdog to operate thousands of internet-relaying satellites into low Earth orbit.

When exactly they will launch hasn’t been set. In fact, the design of the metallic birds are yet to be finalized, according to a report by the FCC. Still, Amazon hopes to deploy 3,236 of the satellites, under the banner Project Kuiper and at a cost of $10bn, to deliver internet connectivity to hard-to-reach areas in the US. The birds will go up in five batches, the first containing 578 sats at which point the service will be switched on.

More: https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/01/amazon_to_fly_578_satellites/
Douwe79
02 Aug, 2020 08:15
I don’t quite like that they gave a scientific name (Kuiper) to a commercial project. Surely it helps people in remote areas, but it’s still commerce. By the way, until now I haven’t seen any of the Star Link satellites from Elon Musk, even though I am outside/imagining a few time per months. I do see other (single) satellites and ISS. Is it strange that I haven’t seen them until now? Cheers
Billshaun
03 Aug, 2020 05:13
Douwe79
I don’t quite like that they gave a scientific name (Kuiper) to a commercial project. Surely it helps people in remote areas, but it’s still commerce. By the way, until now I haven’t seen any of the Star Link satellites from Elon Musk, even though I am outside/imagining a few time per months. I do see other (single) satellites and ISS. Is it strange that I haven’t seen them until now? Cheers
I haven't seen any either. They may orbit at a lower latitude than they had 4/5 months ago?
Okke_Dillen
03 Aug, 2020 16:26
Hi,

"people in remote places" typically have other priorities than an internet connection. E.g. water, food, …
And, it's not about internet for the poor and remote places on earth! This is just the "fig leaf".
It's all about milliseconds advantage on high speed stock exchange (money from nothing) and profit on world currency discrepancies. This should be prohibited anyway!!

Btw: the first communication test at all on Starstink… uhm… StarLink, of course… was performed by US airforce…. Honi soit qui mal y pense… smile
What will other super powers aim at? Internet for their remote areas? Hahaha…. Oh, they do have remote areas, yes indeed, they do…

Think one step ahead: guess what China and Russia think about this and how they would bring their interest into the game…. India…. Emirates….

I expect some 200'000 items in LEO within the next decade. Let me deviate and adapt  JFK's famous words a bit "…not because it is easy, but, because it is maximally stupid!" (which seems to be THEE basic skill of menkind…smile

At this point, I really hope for Kessler, the sooner, the better!

For those who don't see them: look to the sky longer than ten seconds AFTER NOT HAVING CHECKED YOUR CELL PHONE for 20 minutes at least! (dark adaption of eyes). It is full up there! The times when I had just a few satellite traces in my DS images - if any - removed by rejection algorithms, are OVER!! A minimum number of TEN at least populate my recent rejection map images! Each and every photo session. How do I know it's Starstink? Oh, that's easy, they all fly in the same direction and their traces are equally long smile In near future we will "enjoy" them criss-crossing in the rejection map images. Oh, and live-view with the unaided eye, of course! Again, keep your eyes away from ANY display at all for at least 20 minutes.

IF you live closer to the equator, it's harder to see them. If you live closer to the poles, it gets easier every degree you're closer to the poles. So, if you don't see them, consider moving more towards the poles, it doesn't have to be much. Half way is way enough.

Currently "only" some 500 have been launched, and we see them already regularely from now on. This is by far not 12'000! Not even speaking of 42'000…..

What makes me wonder most, is, that E.M. is about to blow-up the only road he wants to use to get to Mars… smile

Cheers
Okke
 
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