The irony is not missed. This is a product to enable cheaper and faster communications between 2 end points in the globe, but the product itself cannot load its internal software at a decent rate?
This makes me think of a dead man's switch: if you upload something that locks you out, and by a certain time you've not accessed it to disable the dead man's switch, it automatically reverts to known good state.It will be interesting if we actually learn space's architecture. IIRC, they had previously specified separate payload and T&C frequencies (happy for a fact check on my memory....); in those situations typically the T&C is significantly slower than the payload data rate because it doesn't need to be fast, and its typically at a frequency far enough away from the payload that there's no chance of any kind of interference.
If SpaceX is using their payload as their T&C they would have to identify, separate, and route the signal internally within the bus instead of on to the next payload gizmo (the downlink antenna array or the ISLs). Certainly plausible, especially given the volume they're talking about. The big risk, of course, is that if your payload goes down you lose all commanding. Maybe ok given the volume, but there's definitely zero chance of interactive troubleshooting at that point.
Either way, nothing beats a hard line between the engineer's computer and the satellites. So its understandable that they want to update FSW while on the ground. For me, the most curious thing is that they need to update the FSW [at this point in the game, for the 60 sats that are locked and loaded].
This makes me think of a dead man's switch: if you upload something that locks you out, and by a certain time you've not accessed it to disable the dead man's switch, it automatically reverts to known good state.
Yeah not exactly what I was expecting either. Definitely initiated the spin on an entire different axis than I thought. Even though it was anti climactic it still blows me away how SpaceX innovates. Cool time to be alive.Never expected the sats to all fall off at once! So I guess they reach 550kms and a spread out constellation over, what, days? Weeks??
Yes, all in the same inclination (53 degrees), but maybe not in the same plane. Like Iridium, they could take advantage of precession to shift to multiple offset planes before finishing their maneuver to their final altitude and spacing.When these 60 satellites finally reach steady state, are these all expected to follow the same path (same inclination)? what would be the separation between them?
Re: these new satellites
Can we see them?
Can we know where they are?
When (if ever) will we be able to use them? Are these commercial or test -only?
Calls out 66 sats each in 24 planes, so all 60 may stay in this planes and only the 6 additional/ spares will precess. 15 degree planes separation (at equator), 6ish degrees sat separation in plane.
Never expected the sats to all fall off at once! So I guess they reach 550kms and a spread out constellation over, what, days? Weeks??