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posted by janrinok on Sunday June 02 2019, @06:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the loud-and-clear'ish dept.

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Most of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites are already on track

The first batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites has been orbiting Earth for about a week, and now SpaceX has released a status update on the mission. According to a spokesperson, "all 60 satellites have deployed their solar arrays successfully, generated positive power and communicated with our ground stations."

The statement didn't directly mention concerns by astronomers about their brightness and visibility, but Elon Musk already has, and they aren't expected to reach their full altitude for three to four weeks. According to SpaceX, "observability of the Starlink satellites is dramatically reduced as they raise orbit to greater distance and orient themselves with the phased array antennas toward Earth and their solar arrays behind the body of the satellite."

Parabolic Arc notes that during a speech at MIT this week, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell mentioned four of the units had unspecified problems, while today's update said "most" are using their Hall thrusters to reach operational altitude and have already made contact with their broadband antennas, but all of them have maneuvering capability to avoid each other and other objects.

Previously: SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites


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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday June 02 2019, @08:59PM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Sunday June 02 2019, @08:59PM (#850660) Journal

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_(satellite_constellation) [wikipedia.org]

    In February 2019, a sister company of SpaceX, SpaceX Services, Inc., filed a request with the US Federal Communications Commission to request a license for the operation of up to 1,000,000 fixed satellite earth stations that will communicate with its non-geostationary orbit satellite (NGSO) Starlink system.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 02 2019, @09:59PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 02 2019, @09:59PM (#850668)

    .. proving he really should buy that hollowed out volcano.

    • (Score: 1) by RandomFactor on Sunday June 02 2019, @11:06PM (1 child)

      by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 02 2019, @11:06PM (#850684) Journal

      This would be a truly epic troll. (Surpassed only by building a launch pad in it.)

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      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bob_super on Tuesday June 04 2019, @11:46PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday June 04 2019, @11:46PM (#851490)

        Even if you can hoverslam the rocket onto the pad, and fold the legs and refuel it without going horizontal, taking off inside any structure is not friendly to any rockets, even the smaller ICBMs.

        On the other hand, when you already have drone ships going around, upgrading to a supertanker, or a submarine base...