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

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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?

Its all been defined, its mostly derived form maritime law so works very similar. There is a set distance that is considered your national airspace/waters the rest is considered to be international. But space law is already a thing.
 

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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

Please just stop with this bs already, apply a bit of common sense.
 

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333ms exposeure
 

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the cell phone companies won't allow it and SABC will charge you a tv licence fee:unsure::rolleyes:
You might be on to something where Vodacom is concerned: Vodacom is dating AST SpaceMobile and not Starlink.

 

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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?
I have wondered about the same things, what is there stopping another country from launching satellites that interfere with established services in another country?
 

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Please just stop with this bs already, apply a bit of common sense.
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Latency of less than 20ms would make Starlink comparable to wired broadband service. When SpaceX first began talking about its satellite plans in late 2016, it said latency would be 25ms to 35ms. But Musk has been predicting sub-20ms latency since at least May 2019, with the potential for sub-10ms latency sometime in the future.
 

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Here just for you quoted by him

Latency of less than 20ms would make Starlink comparable to wired broadband service. When SpaceX first began talking about its satellite plans in late 2016, it said latency would be 25ms to 35ms. But Musk has been predicting sub-20ms latency since at least May 2019, with the potential for sub-10ms latency sometime in the future.
Way to not understand what Musk was talking about there buddyboy...
 
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I have wondered about the same things, what is there stopping another country from launching satellites that interfere with established services in another country?
Afaik it's governed by international treaties, but yes, there's nothing stopping a country like North Korea from launching a satellite in someone else's airspace except a physical assault.
 

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Afaik it's governed by international treaties, but yes, there's nothing stopping a country like North Korea from launching a satellite in someone else's airspace except a physical assault.
Yeah it could well turn out to be a mess. The other thing that is apparently getting quite bad is the amount of space junk floating around in that orbit.
 

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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

remember that is only the ground to sat to ground latency.

It will be much higher for each sat to sat hop it needs to get to a ground station.
 

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I can see countries getting high-powered lasers setup and playing Space Invaders with the Starlink Satts as the targets...
 
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