Elon Musk’s SpaceX inks deal with US military to test out sky-crowding Starlink satellites for Army communications

27-05-20 06:18:00,

SpaceX has agreed to let the US Army test out its Starlink satellite broadband network – made up of thousands of individual satellites in low-earth orbit – with the presumed aim of integrating it into existing military systems.

The military has signed a deal with the billionaire’s spaceflight company to test out the Starlink network over the next three years, evaluating its suitability for their data-transfer needs, an inside source told SpaceNews on Tuesday. Signed last week, the agreement, known as a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), is typically used by the military to test-drive private-sector technologies before buying them.

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At issue will be how Starlink performs in connection with the military’s own communications systems, which are somewhat lacking in flexibility and compatibility between hardware and software. They’re also not particularly mobile, relying on large dishes mounted on trailers that can’t handle the amount of data they’re currently having to put through. Army deputy program executive officer for command, control, communications tactical Joseph Welch has compared the Army’s woefully inadequate network capacity to a “soda straw.”

However, the Army will require a whole new system of ground terminals in order to use the Starlink system, which won’t be cheap. The CRADA will evaluate the cost of that overhaul, as well as the security of data as it is transferred from Starlink satellites to ground stations.

SpaceX already has hundreds of Starlink satellites orbiting the planet. While the broadband network eventually hopes to blanket the earth in high-speed internet, it is nowhere near complete, aiming to send up as many as 42,000 satellites in total within the decade. Musk hopes to launch 1,400 satellites this year alone at a rate of 60 every two weeks and plans to begin service for some US and Canadian customers later in the year.

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The sky-clogging devices have irritated stargazers and professional astronomers, who find it increasingly difficult to see into space with so many scenery-chewing satellites reflecting light.

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60 More SpaceX Satellites Launched. Musk Promises to Reduce Brightness Due to Astronomers’ Complaints – Activist Post

25-04-20 08:06:00,

By B.N. Frank

Despite expert warnings and opposition, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has approved tens of thousands of satellites, loons, and other space craft to be launched into the sky and space to blast WiFi and 5G back down at us (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6, 7).  On Wednesday, SpaceX launched 60 more.  Elon Musk promises that next month’s batch will have “sun shades” to reduce their brightness.

From DailyMail UK:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said his company is ‘fixing’ the brightness of his ultra-bright constellation of satellites, which are disrupting the night sky for astronomers.

Stargazers have been puzzled by the unusual brightness of Musk’s satellite constellation, called Starlink, which aims to provide satellite internet access.

The brightness of the constellation is due to the angle of the solar panels as the satellites rise to orbit altitude, Musk explained.

[…]The continued launches shows Musk is not letting the pandemic hamper his company’s plans of creating an internet broadband constellation in low orbit.

At least 400 satellites are needed for SpaceX to start introducing minimal internet coverage, Musk has said, and at least 800 are necessary for moderate coverage.

The firm aims to have more than 1,000 satellites in orbit by the end of the year and has also been approved by the FCC to launch over 12,000 in total.

However, European Southern Observatory (ESO) found that satellite mega-constellations such as Starlink will ‘severely’ affect between 30 and 50 percent of observations taken by the Rubin Observatory under construction in Chile.

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The FCC is supposed to protect the public from the telecom industry but, as the article concludes, the FCC appears enamored with a space-based internet beaming the planet:

Musk compared the project to ‘rebuilding the internet in space’, as it would reduce reliance on the existing network of undersea fibre-optic cables which criss-cross the planet.

In the US, the FCC welcomed the scheme as a way to provide internet connections to more people.

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US-Raumfahrtunternehmen SpaceX schießt Falcon-9-Rakete mit Starlink-Satelliten ins All – Video

29-01-20 07:38:00,


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Das private US-Raumfahrtunternehmen SpaceX hat eine weitere Gruppe von Internet-Satelliten der Serie Starlink ins All geschossen, teilte das Unternehmen am Mittwoch mit.

Die Rakete habe um 15.06 Uhr (MEZ) vom Raumbahnhof auf Cape Canaveral in Florida problemlos abgehoben. Die im Orbit ausgesetzten 60 Satelliten werden künftig weltweit einen Internetzugang gewährleisten. Der Start der Rakete war in den letzten Tagen mehrfach verschoben worden.

Erste Raketenstufe zurückgekehrt

Traditionsgemäß unternahm SpaceX einen Versuch, die erste Raketenstufe wieder auf der Erde landen zu lassen. Im Video ist zu sehen, wie die Stufe auf einer Meeresplattform weich aufsetzte.

Starlink ist ein von SpaceX unter Elon Musk und Gwynne Shotwell geplantes weltumspannendes Satellitennetzwerk, das ab Mitte 2020 Internetzugang in den USA und 2021 beinahe weltweit bieten soll. Derzeit befinden sich rund 200 Starlink-Satelliten im Erdorbit.

Aussichtsreiche Pläne von SpaceX

Darüber hinaus bestehen bis zum Jahr 2027 befristete Genehmigungen für den Start von maximal 11.867 weiteren Satelliten sowie Anträge von SpaceX für nochmals bis zu 30.000 Satelliten, die in Umlaufbahnen mit Höhen zwischen 328 und 580 Kilometern befördert werden sollen. Insgesamt ist dies das Fünffache aller von 1957 (Sputnik-1) bis 2019 gestarteten Raumapparate.

SpaceX schätzt das Projekt auf etwa 10 Milliarden US-Dollar, was Experten aber für überzogen halten.


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SpaceX will zusätzliche 30.000 Kommunikationssatelliten ins All schicken

16-10-19 10:02:00,

Das private US-Raumfahrtunternehmen SpaceX von Elon Musk plant laut dem Portal „Spacenews”, bis zu 30.000 zusätzliche Kommunikationssatelliten ins All zu bringen. Somit soll ihre Gesamtzahl rund 42.000 erreichen.

Für seine Absicht habe das Unternehmen in den vergangenen Wochen einen entsprechenden Antrag bei der U.S. Federal Communications Commission gestellt, hieß es.

Bisher soll die Organisation den Start von 12.000 Satelliten bereits genehmigt haben.

Der Prototyp Starship von SpaceX am 28. September 2019

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Offizielle Startdaten sowie Satellitenträger seien noch unbekannt.

Bei der SpaceX-Mission am 25. Juni waren insgesamt 24 Satelliten sowie Kapseln mit menschlicher Asche ins All befördert worden. Im Mai hatte eine Falcon-9-Rakete 60 Satelliten für das Netzwerk Starlink in den Weltraum gestartet. SpaceX gab aber an, zu drei von ihnen den Kontakt verloren zu haben. Später gingen drei weitere Satelliten verloren.


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SpaceX Rivals Make Claims of Special Treatment to Blast Earth With WiFi and 5G Radiation

03-07-19 03:09:00,

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has been reporting about the growing list of credible sources who continue issuing warnings about satellites and similar devices being sent into space and the stratosphere to blast harmful WiFi and 5G back down at us on Earth.

We’ve reported recently about Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellites: “Elon Musk’s Company Launched 60 Satellites Into Space to Blast 5G at Us. More Planned Despite Telecoms Admitting There’s No Research That Proves 5G is Safe.”

Unfortunately, SpaceX isn’t the only company doing this:

The warnings about this are for a variety of legitimate and scary reasons:

Regardless, competitors are now complaining that SpaceX is being given special treatment in their efforts to blast the planet with this crap:

From Geekwire:

In the wake of last month’s launch of 60 Starlink broadband data satellites,

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