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Skibane

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Posted: 08/27/22 07:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

^IIRC, most of their satellite & rocket engine stuff is built at their Hawthorne, CA location (formerly Northrop's facility).

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"Currently the company’s Starlink unit is based in Redmond, Washington – a few miles east of Seattle. The Redmond facility has developed and produced Starlink equipment to date, with the company building upwards of 120 satellites per month."

SpaceX is building a factory in Austin, ........or Starlink satellite internet equipment


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How times are changing. I am reading this on my laptop that is connected to the internet via my Starlink dish. I think this will be great for remote areas. And just to note my Starlink for RV's is amazing.

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fwgjag,

Can it be used while trundling down the road?

I guess I should ask that of this future cell phone connection.


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I like my flip phone because it's too weird talking to a piece of flat plywood type phone. Besides I like being disconnected as much as possible!

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I like my flip phone because it's too weird talking to a piece of flat plywood type phone. Besides I like being disconnected as much as possible!


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Do we have any idea of the price structure of satellite cell service?

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Very good question Beautiful Downtown and most important to me.

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pianotuna wrote:

about 52 db of gain I think for the gain on the satellite--if I understood the article I read.

That may be enough for leo.


If I recall my DB properly 50 DB makes 0.1 watt = 100 watts. Not bad
Might be off by a power of 10 or two.

But as I said many have done it on 147/450 MHz bands with 5 watts out to a loss antenna ... So I'm not surprised.


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pianotuna wrote:

fwgjag,

Can it be used while trundling down the road?

I guess I should ask that of this future cell phone connection.


No it cannot be used while traveling down the road yet.

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Posted: 08/28/22 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The cell phone to satellite future service should be usable while traveling down the road, just not a tree covered road.
Since there is not yet even one of these satellites currently in orbit, when this is available and what it will be when it does become available is still a big question to be answered in the future.

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