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    Re: UK customers start to test SpaceX Starlink internet services

    Quote Originally Posted by gagaga View Post
    You're forgetting these things are not still but whizzing by at 8km a second, so the area they take is more like 100 or a 1000km long, depending upon how confident you are.
    The will have a massive collision at some point (one was only avoided because of ESA), and for astronomy, several of these things going across the field of view can ruin observations.
    All motion in space is relative. Whizzing by what? A rocket goes straight up.... sort of. Maybe. If you look at it from the right angle. You can plot the motion, as they already do for existing stuff. I don't think it's the biggest issue in the world. Bear in mind SpaceX are making money off rocket launches. I doubt they're going to sabotage their own business and I also doubt that they'd have been licenced if they were as bad as you suggest.

    As for astronomy, don't I know it. The things are a pain. I've already seen a few of them. Seeing satellites isn't anything new and neither is working around them with a telescope as they tend to move out of the way briskly. Astrophotography packages normally have ways of automatically getting rid of them. But, there are going to be thousands of these things rather than old school global comms systems. As an example, GPS has only 31 in orbit and current, operational bidirectional sat comms systems tend to have tens of them. Boeing is also planning on putting a couple of thousand satellites up there and there are other systems being planned.

    Maybe I'll buy myself a ground station, hack them (because that'll be so easy) and see if there's an emergency "BURN_UP_ALL.exe" file I can run? The meteor showers have been a bit disappointing of late.

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    Re: UK customers start to test SpaceX Starlink internet services

    I thought £99 a month was expensive for Virgin 500 meg tinternet. Oh and I get 2 xV6 boxes, enough channels to not go out (!) and a mobile sim card with unlimited texts, calls and data...
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: UK customers start to test SpaceX Starlink internet services

    Quote Originally Posted by philehidiot View Post
    Whizzing by what? A rocket goes straight up.... sort of.
    Only useful if you want it to come straight back down again. Or have the fuel to hover, and dodge out of the way of stuff whizzing past at 17000mph

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    Re: UK customers start to test SpaceX Starlink internet services

    enough of this already, let's build a space elevator

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    Re: UK customers start to test SpaceX Starlink internet services

    I'm hoping to test this for my employer. We'd use it for situations where 4G service is not good enough for new sites with no fixed comms.

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