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OneWeb files for Chapter 11

bxr140

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bxr140

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As usual with Elon’s companies, Elon has service/products now while the competition is always sometime in the future.

To be fair, Elonco does not have service/product now over the poles, it is sometime in the future. I don't know that we know when "the future" is for production level Starlink coverage over the poles; best guess is it will likely require 6-8 dedicated launches which will surely be de-prioritized relative to filling out the primary constellation for something like ~>20° or >25° production service. The 10 polar Starlinks are really just on a pathfinder mission. They're all in close formation in the same orbital plane, which is all but worthless for users (they're currently over Africa right now)

OneWeb currently has ~146 production sats in polar orbit, all which concentrate service at high latitudes (hence the >50°). 3 more launches gets them production level coverage.
 
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To be fair, Elonco does not have service/product now over the poles, it is sometime in the future. I don't know that we know when "the future" is for production level Starlink coverage over the poles; best guess is it will likely require 6-8 dedicated launches which will surely be de-prioritized relative to filling out the primary constellation for something like ~>20° or >25° production service. The 10 polar Starlinks are really just on a pathfinder mission. They're all in close formation in the same orbital plane, which is all but worthless for users (they're currently over Africa right now)

OneWeb currently has ~146 production sats in polar orbit, all which concentrate service at high latitudes (hence the >50°). 3 more launches gets them production level coverage.
True. Oneweb will have a different market. My bet is that polar starlinks will continue to launched on rideshares, which means, only occasionally.

We should either rename this thread or start a new OneWeb one. probably start a new one.
 

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