Experts continue to warn against launching more satellites for Internet service or other purposes (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). In fact, a 5G satellite moratorium was recently implemented in South Africa due to interference problems. Nevertheless, more satellites were launched earlier in the week and more are planned.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, both the number of satellites in low orbit around the earth and the amount of data they send increased significantly. Wednesday morning (4:28 am EDT, 8:28 UTC) SpaceX launched another 60 satellites. Wednesday night (22:47 EDT, 14:47 UTC), OneWeb launched another 36 satellites. And people who already have satellite Internet from SpaceX on a trial basis reported a sudden increase in their Internet speed on Wednesday to up to 430 Mbps.
This could explain the reports I am starting to receive about sudden illness that began on Wednesday. Even I was unable to sleep at all on Wednesday night and my body hurt and itched everywhere. I was very sick all day Thursday and still not feeling well. I have received similar reports from other people in the US, Canada, Norway, Australia and South Africa. I would like to find out how widespread this is. Some people report that they have not been well for a few weeks, but that they suddenly became much sicker on Wednesday or Wednesday night.
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Current players and their plans
Here is a list of companies that are actively planning to launch and operate large constellations of satellites in low orbit around the earth. The purpose of these satellite networks is to provide internet and / or mobile phone service anywhere on earth as well as to facilitate the internet of things. Everyone will shoot focused rays at the ground from incremental antennas.
SpaceX, based in the United States, has already attempted to operate 12,000 satellites and has filed complications for 30,000 more. More than 1,300 have already been launched. At least initially, these satellites are for internet only and do not communicate directly with mobile phones. Subscribers will purchase a small roof terrace and a WiFi router. Beta testing of an estimated 10,000 subscribers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and New Zealand is already underway.
UK-based OneWeb has already launched 148 satellites and plans to start providing services after having 250 satellites in orbit. First service will be to northern latitudes, including the United Kingdom, Europe, Greenland, Canada and Alaska. OneWeb plans to provide mobile phone as well as internet service. Subscribers purchase a small user terminal that acts as a small cell that can connect to any mobile device in its vicinity. OneWeb has reduced its planned number of satellites from 49,000 to 7,088. It does not plan to compete directly with SpaceX. Instead, it will market its service to airlines, companies and governments.
Telesat, based in Canada, has increased its planned number of satellites from 117 to 1,671. It also markets its service to companies. Its customers will include cruise ships, airlines and governments. Telesat intends the satellites to replace terrestrial fiber networks for long-distance communications. “We are basically implementing a large space-based mesh IP network,” said CEO Dan Goldberg.
AST & Science
This US-based company designs its satellites to communicate directly with cell phones. But instead of selling its service directly to mobile phone users, it will partner with existing mobile phone service providers, so when a mobile phone user travels out of reach of all mobile phone towers, the mobile phone signal will be automatically delivered to a satellite. While this company does not plan to have as many satellites as its competitors, the power level of its communication beams will be much greater. Its application to the FCC indicates a maximum EIRP (effective radiation power) of up to 79.2 dBW or more than 83,000,000 watts per second. Ray.