21 thoughts on “SpaceX gets set to launch first prototype Starlink satellites for global internet.

  1. greiger February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I really hope this turns out amazing.

  2. danicic987 February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Here comes Net Neutrality II

  3. DwayneAlton February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    They should rename it SkyNet. 🙂

  4. idiotsonfire February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Do not become a horrible corporation like Comcast or AT&T please. Please follow through on your promises, SpaceX. If you do, the public will always be on your side and you’ll be the best competition for just about every internet provider out there.

  5. Yearlaren February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Does satellite internet has higher or lower latency?

  6. karkatloves February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Not sure I understand… Will this allow North Koreans, Chinese and others who are under government control to illicitly access the internet? Will you have to uplink from a ground station?

  7. kenbewdy8000 February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    My concern is that he has too many irons in the fire and that his empire will collapse. He is amazing though.

  8. Wizywig February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    It’d be interesting if it bombard a China with internet. Hard to shoot those bad boys down. And expensive. Especially since SpaceX can launch hundreds more for less cost.

  9. iridiumsodacan February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    This was the plot of the first Kingsmen movie.

  10. richard0copeland February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    this is it folks. this is where Musk reveals himself as an Bond villain

  11. detailed_fred February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Didn’t they just send a fucking car into space last week? They need to chill.

  12. norfunk February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    surely this would be the most highly qualified internet technician job out there

  13. heifinator February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I am a big SpaceX believer but as a satellite communications engineer I can tell you there are some major technical hurdles in using a technology like this for anything but low bandwidth applications.

    This is a great technology for emerging markets and low bandwidth applications but not for providing high speed broadband to the US so don’t get your hopes up.

    In the satellite communications world there are 3 major things to consider.

    Frequency, Power, and Bandwidth.

    They all work together to create a situation where it is very hard to deliver low latency, high bandwidth internet without a big ass antenna and very large satellite.

    Lets say you decide you want to provide LEO communication services so you don’t have ~230ms hops to GEO. Ok great, now you want to provide high bandwidth to each customer. This means operating in a higher frequency band (14ghz at the minimum (ku) or maybe even 26mhz (ka). These frequencies can deliver pretty good bandwidth numbers but you now run into an issue.

    If you use ku band you can deliver speeds in the 5-20mbps range but need to have a massive satellite to generate enough electrical power and carry enough transponders to deliver coverage to a reasonable area. Since you are in LEO this is unfeasible as the cost of the satellites gets out of control and you need a large number of them to deliver a good service area.

    If you move into ka band (or any other high frequency band) things become even trickier as you now need to generate even more power.

    The issues of building a low earth communications network with low latency, high bandwidth, and low satellite costs / size aren’t so much technical but physical.

    This will be a great technology for emerging markets but I am skeptical of them being able to provide it as a competitor for terrestrial networks, sorry boys.

  14. ErikGryphon February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I really hope this happens. I feel like it could make SpaceX tons of money and still give us much better internet speeds.

  15. Hueydriver267 February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    And…..we’ll have the beginnings of Sky Net 😀

  16. tehnoodles February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I remember when we had to pay for internet access and if you were too far away from a city, you could only get DSL.

    Grandpa that was soooooooo long ago.

  17. mkmlls743 February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Could you imagine if we had an army of Elon musk? Completely unrelated note does anybody know where I can by swag of Elon’s? Specifically something like a hair brush or old can of pop. Fuck I just remembered I’m not a scientist, I better go see the new Jurassic world movie for inspiration and know how.

  18. tangointhenight3147 February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    So, a big privately owned and expensive internet. He even admits it must make “lots of money”. But wait, I thought the internet was a human right? Shouldn’t it be free? Answer: No. Why? Because Space Capitalism(R).

  19. Sid6po1nt7 February 12, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Meh, if it’s anything like Direct TV then no thank you

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