Ad astra per aspera
- Sep 17, 2010
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Exactly. The two EELVs, Atlas V and Delta IV were built on the premise that the commercial sat-com industry would provide the majority of the payloads. This failed to happen, so their prices soared into the thermosphere instead of staying in the predicted stratosphere.Wasn't reusable launch vehicle development in the 1990s driven by predictions of large satellite constellations in low Earth orbit, thereby creating the high flight rates needed to make an RLV economically viable (fixed cost divided over more flights)? Then the latter failed to happen.
Spacex is possibly teaming up with Google for this venture:
The sale of the failed satellite company OneWeb to Bharti Global Ltd of India and the UK government has been approved by a US bankruptcy court.
The two parties' joint bid of $1bn (£800m) secures them the firm's assets.
It means OneWeb will soon be able to resume building a space network capable of delivering broadband internet connections to all parts of the globe.
Ministers hope the resurrected firm can also transmit navigation signals as an alternative to the EU's Galileo system.
Britain walked away from involvement in the European project when it ceased to be a Union member state in January.
Astronomers have raised concerns about the mission, and claim the satellites are so bright that they've affected a number of astronomical observations so SpaceX has started adding a dark sunshade to some of the Starlink satellites to make them less visible in the night sky.
This is pure madness... Spamming Earth Orbit with thousand of satellites... I can't believe nations of the world let this happen...
Each country of the world can have its own SpaceX. Or its own multihundred satellite fleet.
Well, probably not. Add China, India, Russia doing the same and you'll get to the Kessler point pretty fast. And that will be the end of spaceflight for centuries. Yes UN have to do something and fast. Else we're all screwed.