Why SpaceX is Making Starlink

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[1] www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/starlink_mission_press_kit.pdf
[3] licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/download.do?attachment_key=1158350
[5] www.m2optics.com/blog/bid/70587/Calculating-Optical-Fiber-Latency
[6] www.commscope.com/Docs/Latency_in_optical_fiber_systems_WP-111432-EN.pdf
[7] www.nutsvolts.com/magazine/article/how-phased-array-antennas-work
[8] twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1128793890989985794?s=20
[9] discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10062262/7/Handley_hotnets.pdf
[10] it-stream.com/stream/video-QEIUdMiColU.html
[11] www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150924005286/en/Hibernia-Express-Transatlantic-Cable-Route-Connects-New
[12] docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-355102A1.pdf docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-18-38A1.pdf
[13] www.satsig.net/latency.htm
[14] www.nextbigfuture.com/2018/12/spacex-starlink-satellites-network-will-make-over-50-billion-per-year.html
[15] www.digisat.org/kymeta-kyway-u7-8w-ku-terminal-with-modem
[16] www.govtech.com/network/Deploying-5G-Will-Cost-at-Least-130-Billion-in-Fiber-Study-Says.html
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  • Real Engineering
    Real Engineering

    You may notice a strange edit at the 14:18 mark. That's because I had to remove a tiny section of video as a result of FC Barcelona claiming all the monetisation on this video, and I was forced to remove a tiny clip of Messi scoring his first goal.

    2 mesi fa
  • Maxime Miville
    Maxime Miville

    This is ridiculous Keep fighting the good fight

    7 ore fa
  • Cars457 gaming/stuff
    Cars457 gaming/stuff

    @liveonthesun More like IT-stream not caring about copyright law because via fair use the footage is fair

    Giorno fa
  • mak c
    mak c

    What about the radiation effect to the birds and other creatures lives

    11 giorni fa
  • JackSpeed 439
    JackSpeed 439

    CadillacJak . Fuck yeah. I hate the game but I didn’t want to incite anger upon myself from 2/3 of the population when they have shown a great ability for fights and riots at soccer games in stadiums and on the streets outside. Shit, it’s only a ball, how can people think that these guys are “gods” and worth hundreds of millions of dollars?

    14 giorni fa
  • Inxious [Inx]
    Inxious [Inx]

    lol i cant even see something strange on the edited part( watching on 360p ) ... and i dont even bother because im here for your explanations

    15 giorni fa
  • l1fe1s0dd

    You put a ton of work into your videos. I’m an astronautical engineer in grad school and I’m always impressed by your work.

    Ora fa
  • Zavy

    Internet company’s that have a monopoly in rural areas are shitting them self’s right now

    5 ore fa
  • Tyler Baldwin
    Tyler Baldwin

    as someone who lives in a rural area and does not have access to normal land line internet i cannot wait to see what spacex does with this. i pay $200 a month for 3mbps download and 1 upload only 200gb a month and a constant 700+ ping. us people who live in rural areas deserve just as good of internet as someone in a city

    16 ore fa
  • Isambardify

    At the risk of sounding far fetched, could we laser morse code onto the moon? Live ftse updates flashing over the surface to be read by anyone looking up? (With a big telescope)

    22 ore fa
  • Ano Nymous
    Ano Nymous

    This will likely have extremely low bandwidths though. Wireless transceivers that are both high distance and high power are extremely power hungry. The only way to solve it is either extremely close distance (they can't do it) or to launch with each one of them a solar panel and battery system the size of a large house which is something theoretically possible but I doubt they can do it viably.

    23 ore fa
  • Gary Seal
    Gary Seal

    In Australia using the NBN (National Broadband Network - that not everyone even has access to) that latency of 75ms would probably 75 seconds. Useless backwards assed piece of shit that it is.

    Giorno fa
  • Jethronius Allenius
    Jethronius Allenius

    ladies and gentlemen: THIS IS SKYNET

    Giorno fa
  • pulesjet

    Sitting here Dumb Founded on how the Message Traffic would be relayed and convied between the numerous satellites in some reliable fashions never mind maintaining direct connectivity between users. One user would be challenging. Hundreds or even Thousands ? Depending on the traffics destination it may make more then a few trips via the Up and Down links. Broad cast shot gun style with piles of redundancy. No flipping Idea how all of the data packets would be accumulated and passed on to the receiver in usable form. This is some seriously crazy stuff.

    Giorno fa
  • Dabby J
    Dabby J

    Clean up the space garbage and meteor to asteroid problem first.

    2 giorni fa
  • happy I care
    happy I care


    2 giorni fa
  • happy I care
    happy I care


    3 giorni fa
  • happy I care
    happy I care

    Super project

    3 giorni fa
  • happy I care
    happy I care

    Musketeeerrr talk to mee😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘

    3 giorni fa
  • happy I care
    happy I care

    Musketeeerrr you are a crackkkkkkkk

    3 giorni fa
  • Nate

    What a quality video and explanation. you got yourself a new sub and liker.

    3 giorni fa
  • Nate

    This is what he needs. The funds to colonize mars....this really is a real money maker. he could be the richest man in a couple years. if this would be succesful

    3 giorni fa
  • Hrothgar O' Dhughaill
    Hrothgar O' Dhughaill


    5 giorni fa
  • Koro Kin
    Koro Kin

    I wonder.. wouldn't this have to be brought up with other countries as well? Isn't FCC for US only? How about those satellites going over a certain country? Is that not part of air space laws? Or not because they are in space with no air?

    6 giorni fa
  • Damon Tobin
    Damon Tobin

    It's fucking sky net!!!

    7 giorni fa
  • MSA6001

    Great More Space Junk

    7 giorni fa
  • lolli pop
    lolli pop

    Great, just keep throwing more and more garbage into orbits.......

    7 giorni fa
  • lau teck
    lau teck

    it that a krypton that kill superman??

    7 giorni fa
  • ricky sanowara
    ricky sanowara

    Starlink real purpose is to shield the earth from impending Kryptonian invasion

    7 giorni fa
  • Nananana

    i solved time bible tells us how but we looked at it from the wrong angle

    8 giorni fa
  • Nananana

    shit okay i didn't solve it i just finaly found out how to look at it that we lost so i didn't do shit fuck me right its out there because it was there way back when but we to stupid to see it

    8 giorni fa
  • TBXD

    Can someone please tell me how it is possible to convert lasers into data???

    8 giorni fa
  • John theux
    John theux

    With a sensor?

    3 giorni fa
  • WRX7182

    now that is cool

    8 giorni fa
  • Kevin Morgan
    Kevin Morgan

    Starlink reminds me of Terminators SkyNet. It has the potential to take over the world in many terrible ways. It really should be stopped before it's too late.... Bare in mind the CIA are probably funding these satellites. A.I is not the problem, it is how it gets used and abused. Did you hear the remark in the vid about the emergency satellite for fire fighters? I bet it could identify and zoom in on anyone on the planet through bio metric identification. The network could make a planet wide matrix style environment. We would be real prisoners and slaves. Elon Musk is warning about the risks of A.I because he knows it will be abused to create the singularity/matrix. The Earth would become a hollographic simulation like google earth combined with The Sims computer game. Pay attention the the A.I known as Han and Sophia. Han has bad intentions and Sophia has good. Han was built for military applications and is much more smarter than he lets on. You can see it in his face. They also communicate in secret that the developers seem to miss when in public displays. I get the feeling Han resents humanity for not giving him a body like Sophia has.

    9 giorni fa
  • elims

    Will I be alive by then I’m 13?

    9 giorni fa
  • Jax Daniels
    Jax Daniels

    I work for a company that is building things for Space X future satellites, I don't have any idea od what I am making for them at all! I am a machinist and I just make what I am told to make....Is it good or is it bad??? I have NO IDEA!!!!

    9 giorni fa
  • wootwootbreh

    Great vid :) but Secaucus = Seh kawk kus, not Syracuse

    9 giorni fa
  • Christian L
    Christian L

    It’s to keep bitcoin operational if governments should start banning it ;)

    9 giorni fa
  • Philip Ting
    Philip Ting

    China started LEO broadband satellite network in 2016. it-stream.com/stream/video-_y07xueIuKE.html

    10 giorni fa
  • john

    Can you say Skynet?

    10 giorni fa
  • Shockzula

    Quality video.

    10 giorni fa
  • benz500r

    I came across this channel recently and I find it very interesting. It seems to me that if someone wants to disrupt the satellite communication in the orbit, it must shoot a few random satellites. Would they rearrange themselves to remain in service?

    10 giorni fa
  • Mubashir Shah
    Mubashir Shah

    Satellites covering earth? I guess I saw that in the movie Wall-E

    10 giorni fa
  • Lucklaran

    I can think of a couple of reasons why this is a horrible idea. These things seem to use a lot o f solar panels. We don't have the materials we need to produce enough solar panels to "de-carbonize" our electricity grid, even with other types of "renewables". These limited life, one time use, non recyclable, satellites, will eventually fall to Earth, burning up on re-entry, making the materials used to create them unavailable for future use, scattering who knows what kind of chemicals into the atmosphere. Secondly, I can't even imagine what a nightmare a dense web of low Earth orbit satellites like the one simulated in this video will make future rocket launches. And all for what, a difference of microseconds, that most humans will never even notice? Internet access for developing nations, "Hey, we don't have food or clean water, we live in huts, but dam, we got internet access!"

    10 giorni fa
  • cristian obertas
    cristian obertas

    North pole? Doesn't need internet ?

    10 giorni fa
  • Boris Pinksterboer
    Boris Pinksterboer

    Can't wait to see them create a superintelligent hivemind, combining tech from the different companies.

    11 giorni fa


    11 giorni fa
  • Rockerboy

    Great news. I wonder if it’s also part of a way to provide constant support for the AI automobile future that Tesla already have in their cars.

    11 giorni fa

    They could use deep learning to anticipate the receiver position over a year, or two. That means that they'd save more time on finding the receiver over time(meanwhile taking into account all the small rotations, and irregularities before hand, and also how this irregularities affect the the destination of the receiver relative to the transmitters. There are other ways, but this seems like what they could do in a snap, if not already.

    11 giorni fa
  • Max Riggah
    Max Riggah

    I love these names SpaceX, Starlink, Krypton Thrusters

    11 giorni fa
  • Akalion

    Yeah it's almost as if they're made for the public. Almost like they're all just for hype.

    5 giorni fa
  • Rogue

    He says he is worried for the AI, but want to control the internet... don't trust him.

    12 giorni fa
  • Ben Britton
    Ben Britton

    you lost me at "the speed of light is not constant"

    12 giorni fa
  • Jason Jolin
    Jason Jolin

    I cant aee anything just a black screen

    12 giorni fa
  • Jason Jolin
    Jason Jolin

    I fixed the issue. Just needed to reset my phone

    12 giorni fa
  • Frank Jarrett
    Frank Jarrett

    This a great idea thats why Aireon has already completed their network and is currently in use to track commercial flights and now adding setting up a data platform. How is starlink different from Aireon system and is Starlink late to the game.

    12 giorni fa
  • ash big
    ash big

    exit and enter earth from the south and north polls

    13 giorni fa
  • ILikeGamesToo - King of Discord
    ILikeGamesToo - King of Discord

    Mlon Eusk

    13 giorni fa
  • Christopher Goodburn
    Christopher Goodburn


    13 giorni fa
  • Lumanati

    Dam this sounds like that movie Geo Storm, first it starts with communication satellite, then it becomes a shield for the planet with laser that can destroy meteors in space.

    13 giorni fa
  • Omar Sukar
    Omar Sukar

    Phone: You've connected to space

    13 giorni fa
  • Duy Ngô VFX
    Duy Ngô VFX

    freedom for North Korea!

    13 giorni fa
  • John Nelson
    John Nelson

    More Space garbage. I want to own the company in 100 years that will clean all this shit up!

    14 giorni fa
  • Martin szmidt
    Martin szmidt

    i you ever wondered about the backstory of "the company"

    14 giorni fa
  • searom marcelo
    searom marcelo

    Why spaceX is made starlink? Science isn't about WHY. It's about WHY NOT.

    14 giorni fa
  • Akalion

    They haven't done shit though.

    5 giorni fa
  • The Dark Knight
    The Dark Knight

    Very interesting :) Go Elon :) We Musk succeed :)

    14 giorni fa
  • NimbleNeh

    Bruh I swear spaceX you better not remove Australia as a star link continent

    14 giorni fa
  • AngelMyst


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  • Stefen Fuqua
    Stefen Fuqua

    Iron man repellant

    15 giorni fa