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#1 The first phase of the Starlink deployment plan will see 1,584 satellites in 550 km orbits inclined 53° to the equator and spread out across 40 different orbital planes of 66 Starlinks per plane.
Based on this plan, it will take 24 Falcon 9 launches of 60 satellites to complete the first phase of Starlink deployment.
The 550 km orbital shell, as it is known, is the middle of three orbital shells planned for the overall Starlink constellation.
SpaceX currently plans to build out the 550 km shell first, and then move on to deployment of the other two orbital altitude locations.
In addition to the 550 km deployments, a 340 km shell will eventually comprise of 7,518 Starlinks while the 1,200 km orbital location will host 2,841 Starlinks
Posted by 3dc 2019-05-24 12:08||
#2 Now *this* is more like the 21st century I was expecting.
Posted by SteveS 2019-05-24 15:01||
#3 What happens when other countries or corporations decide to put their 12000 little satelites and they start bumping into each other? I can see my ISP saying they're waiting on another rocket launch to get my internet fixed.
Posted by jpal 2019-05-24 15:44||