Listen: Starlink, Spacex, Elon Musk discussed on SPACE NEWS POD
"The questions is usually asked about SpaceX and Starlink is do they have money to do this, because, you know, they have the government contracts. They send things to the international space station for NASA. They sent upset lights for commercial purposes. Now, this is a whole new business opportunity for SpaceX, and they're going to use this business opportunity. The Starlink to make money so they can send their starship tomorrow's. But do they have the? Money to actually send these satellites, all the satellites to cover the earth. In the answer is yes. Funding rounds have been over subscribed for SpaceX and recent rounds had more interest than what they were seeking. So they have enough money to do this whole project, and it's going to be difficult. The I sixty satellites, there's probably gonna be some issues going on this the first time they've done it. So they're not sure how they're gonna work, but they have sixty of them if some of them failed that's fine space. Exploration said late deployment is difficult. It doing sixty satellites in one launch, that is a big order to fulfill, but they're going to be doing two different mechanisms to try to deploy the solar arrays on these satellites in the great thing about that is that they can get data from it, but I have a whole new data set to work with about the deployment of the solar arrays if one way works. That's great. If nother w-. Way doesn't work, then they can just shelve it or fix it, you know. So they're going to use this data that they get from this launch to make the next launch in the launch after that in the launch after that, etc. Make those more functional. So I already said they had funding. Right. They already have money coming in from investors. Now, do they have any customers signed up not yet? They don't have any customers signed up because they don't actually have a product yet, but SpaceX is talking to a possible strategic partners such as telecommunications companies who have a problem getting internet to their rural customers. So does this mean that if you're a rural customer will you have to go through your local telecommunications company or will you be able to go directly through Starlink and the answer is we're not quite sure yet, they're still talking to those telecommunications companies and working out deals and somebody asked will the said lights on this. Launched the launched its tonight scheduled for ten at ten thirty PM eastern. Will it be part of the operational, constellation startling said, lights made it Redmond Washington facility and this initial constellation will not have interconnected links. They will ground bounce off of a gateway to relate to another satellite. That's what he on musk said, and there's going to be about a thousand star links that will be launched each year. At least that's what Elon Musk said, and they're going to be launched on falcon rockets, but the starship will likely become a launch for Starlink at some point in the future. So the same ship, that's going to go to Mars is going to be sending said, lights into earth, orbit and each one of these satellites, the launch of the satellites, it costs more to mosh them than it does to make them. And that's even on the falcon nine which is reusable but starship would decrease the launch costs by at least a factor of five and in about five years, these said lights will become redundant in, they'll be replaced with the next generation of satellites. And what happens when these satellites, get decommissioned, they fall back to earth while they disintegrate you know, they, they burn up on the way back to earth. No one's gonna get Harvey satellites are not gonna plunge into somebody's home or anything like that. Everyone is safe. And Ilan was ask. Asked if they would watch satellites internet satellites for competitors. He Lund said. Yeah, we're happy to launch any said lights. It's always good to have competition. There will be at least one other internet, satellite constellation, which is the best thing for the consumer. So tonight may sixteenth at ten thirty pm the I sixty Starlink satellites will be launched by fell can rocket into orbit."