SpaceX and T-Mobile will put cellphone antenna emulators in to the Starlink Gen 2 satellites. T-Mobile gives SpaceX Starlink section of their cellphone spectrum. On Thursday, August 25 at Starbase, SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon and T-Mobile CEO and President Mike Sievert said T-Mobile and SpaceX will continue to work together to improve connectivity.
Starlink will amplify and repeat cellphone signals. This can enable texts to be sent globally. The antenna will undoubtedly be about 25 square meters. It’ll enable 2-4 megabits of communication for the whole cell. However the space based cells will undoubtedly be huge. So many people sharing low degrees of data. Again, for this reason they will focus on just texts. This gives basic coverage to areas which are currently completely dead.
Eventually, Starlink could have 30,000 Gen 2 satellites. This might then enable 60-120 billion bits per second. IF, they might have 30,000 cells (one per satellite) with a whole Gen 2 constellation. 197 million square miles of area on the planet earth. 6500 square miles per area included in each Gen 2 satellite. If you can find four times as much Gen 3 satellites, then your coverage shrinks to about 1600 square miles.
This can eventually enable voice and data.
It could enable basic messaging to be produced all over the world and you will be ideal for remote areas and for emergency messaging.
SpaceX could make a Gen 2 mini satellite for launching on the Falcon 9.
Starlink will eventually handle backhaul communication for t-mobile. This might be especially ideal for remote areas rather than adding a rarely used celltower.
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