LEO Satellites

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While I am still pessimistic about LEO satellite technology, they are creating a buzz. And I like the sound of lower cost internet.

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/new-sate...
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I saw a video of the sixty recently launched Starlink satellites orbiting overhead.  Pretty interesting.  
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Fake news.
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I wonder if it was some sort of attempt at humor.  
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fmj77

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Nathan, not fake news. SpaceX and Amazon's plans for LEO satellite internet service are being reported all over the place.
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Nathan Hart

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Sarcasm.
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I like that Bezos is focusing on the "unserved and underserved communities" and not on cities and towns that already have access to such services.
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I wonder what the capacity of these satellites combined are. They better have a real good invention. Cause good luck if they only plan on giving people no more than 5-10GB of data. 
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"Each satellite in the SpaceX System provides aggregate downlink capacity of 17 to 23 Gbps, depending on the gain of the user terminal involved. The 1600 satellites in the Initial Deployment would have a total capacity of about 32 Terabits per second. SpaceX will periodically improve the satellites as later satellites are deployed."
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What are the life expectancy of these satellites? They are certainly going to have a rate of decay more than higher birds.
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I have read that 5 years is the expected lifespan.
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ExSatUser

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so about a third of the life of a high orbit telecommunication satellite
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They definitely have a lower life expectancy but according to SpaceX they are quite cheap to replace.
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They must be. For them to launch 1600 or so of them.
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Just as long as one doesn't fall through the roof of my house.  :)  
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fmj77

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LOL. I think they're pretty small and will likely burn up once they enter the atmosphere.
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If you does fall through the house, they are liable. Some weird international rule about space junk.
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Told you guys. People are already complaining about the view being destroyed by these satellites.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/scienc...
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Give them another few weeks and you won't see them at all. Sats still doing orbit raise so not pointed in operating position.