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posted ago by Arturhawkwing ago by Arturhawkwing +28 / -1

SpaceX is supposedly a month or two away from bankruptcy. After lobbing thousands of satellites into space in low earth orbit (supposedly for internet) they suddenly fear bankruptcy.

So what is starlink really for? Autonomous drones? 'Cloud' servers to house an AI? Uplinks for the vaxxed?

Whatever it is, i have never believed the ISP story. It's almost as ridiculous as believing CERN is for smashing atoms.

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/11/30/elon-musk-warning-not-first-time-spacex-has-risked-bankruptcy.html

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SuicideTruthbomber 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you!!

It is completely normal for a business to experience a cash crunch during its growth phase.

I have not been following Starlink, but I did get a chance to witness a chain of Starlink satellites pass overhead one evening. I as very surprised that they are not outfitted with intersatellite communication, and the efficiency issues with getting the larger models into orbit is also a surprise.

The commercial (and secret) opportunities from having such a network are enormous. Take streaming and video conferencing. They can potentially be a single network end-to-end, and therefore employ IP multicast (or a proprietary protocol even more optimized for their network) to massively save network resources. Meanwhile, their terrestrial competitors will need to offer some big platform.