Elon Musk's Starlink project is bad news for South Africa's SKA telescope

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Elon Musk's Starlink project is bad news for South Africa's SKA telescope

Elon Musk's constellation of Starlink satellites could have dire consequences for the operations of the world's largest radio telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

SpaceX has already launched more than 900 Starlink satellites into space and continues to ramp up its orbiting network of small satellites to deliver global high-speed Internet across the world.
 

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Just out of interest, is there no laws yet about owning the orbital space above your country?

Whats to stop there being so many satellites up there in the end a country can't even launch its own rockets?
Also, i understand they're in orbit but when beaming down to a country, doesn't that frequency still have to adhere to that country's spectrum rules?
 

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Just out of interest, is there no laws yet about owning the orbital space above your country?

Whats to stop there being so many satellites up there in the end a country can't even launch its own rockets?
Also, i understand they're in orbit but when beaming down to a country, doesn't that frequency still have to adhere to that country's spectrum rules?
Not like we already have enough space trash






That said, I would consider joining up
 

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Elon Musk's Starlink project is bad news for South Africa's SKA telescope

Elon Musk's constellation of Starlink satellites could have dire consequences for the operations of the world's largest radio telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

SpaceX has already launched more than 900 Starlink satellites into space and continues to ramp up its orbiting network of small satellites to deliver global high-speed Internet across the world.
But white jesus elon :eek:
 

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Sign up here for Starlink

 

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Sign up here for Starlink

Now for the wait


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Just out of interest, is there no laws yet about owning the orbital space above your country?

I don't think laws take much of space into account as of current.

And I don't see much of Africa shooting down satellites.. North Korea or China perhaps might do something like that.
 

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Hopefully will be available in 2021 in ZA.
Was on a rural farm near Kei River Mouth - could only get capped EDGE/3G connections - not fast enough for Web 2.0
Perfect Starlink candidate.
Some ISP's in SA are going to become very nervous once it's available in SA
 

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Some ISP's in SA are going to become very nervous once it's available in SA

True.. However, I don't think it can compete with the likes of Fibre.. but definitely a good replacement for LTE and WISP solutions, cause they pathetic as it is... need's some competition for sure.
 

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True.. However, I don't think it can compete with the likes of Fibre.. but definitely a good replacement for LTE and WISP solutions, cause they pathetic as it is... need's some competition for sure.
Fiber yes for Local traffic however Starlink for international traffic purely down to latency.
 

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Last i recall they say the latency to anywhere in the world should be less than 20ms once this thing is up and running, its gonna molest other ISP's especially these Sat ones in SA they gonna close their doors
 

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the cell phone companies won't allow it and SABC will charge you a tv licence fee:unsure::rolleyes:
 

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True.. However, I don't think it can compete with the likes of Fibre.. but definitely a good replacement for LTE and WISP solutions, cause they pathetic as it is... need's some competition for sure.
I think LTE will still compete in metro areas. The density is high enough.

The advantage with Starlink is that it can bring fast internet to rural areas. Honestly, with remote work being the norm for me now, the only thing that is keeping me from packing up shop and moving to the west coast is a decent internet connection.

It will also do wonders for getting around censorship.
 

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the cell phone companies won't allow it and SABC will charge you a tv licence fee:unsure::rolleyes:
What are they going to do? Break every law around spectrum and jam the frequencies used by Starlink?
 
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