Thursday, January 20, 2022

Is Starlink Viable?

Interesting analysis of some issues facing SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband platform.

Based on the 30,000-satellite number, with the new rockets and future-generation satellites, SpaceX would have to do a launch once every six days for at least nine years - or essentially forever, according to MoffettNathanson analysis.

Add to this Elon Musk's penchant for missing deadlines and this is pretty dire analysis. However, the analysis seems geared toward the prospect of Starlink meeting the FCC's RDOF funding requirements (12,000 satellites in service by 2027) which may not be necessary for the viability of the service (especially outside the US).

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