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Starlink to have competition in the skies?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: March 23, 2021 10:34AM
[www.cnbc.com]

Lockheed Martin’s space division on Tuesday announced a strategic interest agreement with satellite startup Omnispace, “to explore jointly developing 5G capability from space.”
“This really stems from a common vision of a global 5G network, which enables users to seamlessly transition between the satellite [and the] terrestrial network,” Omnispace CEO Ram Viswanathan told CNBC.
The partnership puts the companies in the widening field of space-based data communications, with potential competitors including Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink, AST & Science, OneWeb and Telesat.




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Re: Starlink to have competition in the skies?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: March 23, 2021 10:59AM
5G in space? Not gonna work. Due to the millimeter wave technology used by 5G, the top speeds promised by 5G are only achievable when the users is a short distance away from the cell tower.

Now, if their vision is to use satellites instead of via fiber optic cable to get signal to cell towers and broadcast 5G from the towers, they could be onto something. I still think the satellite uplink represents something of a throughput bottleneck.

Then, of course, there is the question of where all these satellites are going to fit in the skies! I've read that as many as 42,000 satellites will be required to fully deploy Elon Musk's Starlink service (https://www.businessinsider.com/how-elon-musk-42000-starlink-satellites-earth-effects-stars-2020-10); how many more satellites are there room for up there? Not an issue if they are not all at the same orbit altitude, of course. But if they are, I foresee potential problems with collisions between satellites.



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Re: Starlink to have competition in the skies?
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: March 23, 2021 11:07AM
Based on satellite production cost and also launch cost, Starlink can’t be beat. But never say never I suppose.
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Re: Starlink to have competition in the skies?
Posted by: sekker
Date: March 23, 2021 11:12AM
Bezos' company has announced a direct competitor to StarLink called Kuiper.

More info here including how they compare.

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Re: Starlink to have competition in the skies?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: March 23, 2021 11:53AM
Blue Origin has plans but they have yet to launch anything to orbit, or even orbital altitude. Without the rapidly reusable rockets, this is a non-viable market. And again, just as with battery production and Tesla, the further ahead SpaceX gets with their constellation of satellites, the harder it will be for competitors to catch up, let alone, compete.



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