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Space X..... What's the real deal?

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Just stood in the yard and watched the rocket train go overhead, and my mind is completely blown. 

They are launching 60 of these rockets every other week for the entire 2020 year, at a cost of 50million per satellite....and the life span of each one is under 5 years.    

Now supposedly this is being done to provide broadband internet to the globe, and this is supposed to be lucrative enough to fund a future Mars exploration.    

I'm calling full scale BS!!!!   For the cost of this program alone you could surely fund the Mars crap.  Selling internet access to people in under-developed areas is NOT going to break even on this deal, much less result in a profit.

So..... Whaddaya think is the REAL reason for this ?    There's gotta be more to it.    

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They are one of the gub’ments prime contractors as well, more than just broadband satellites getting placed up there.  Earth orbit is starting to look like your outboard parts boneyard...lol.

Mike

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7 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Just stood in the yard and watched the rocket train go overhead, and my mind is completely blown. 

They are launching 60 of these rockets every other week for the entire 2020 year, at a cost of 50million per satellite....and the life span of each one is under 5 years.    

Now supposedly this is being done to provide broadband internet to the globe, and this is supposed to be lucrative enough to fund a future Mars exploration.    

I'm calling full scale BS!!!!   For the cost of this program alone you could surely fund the Mars crap.  Selling internet access to people in under-developed areas is NOT going to break even on this deal, much less result in a profit.

So..... Whaddaya think is the REAL reason for this ?    There's gotta be more to it.    

Where did you get the schedule?  I’d like to see that.  

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10 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

Just stood in the yard and watched the rocket train go overhead, and my mind is completely blown. 

They are launching 60 of these rockets every other week for the entire 2020 year, at a cost of 50million per satellite....and the life span of each one is under 5 years.    

Now supposedly this is being done to provide broadband internet to the globe, and this is supposed to be lucrative enough to fund a future Mars exploration.    

I'm calling full scale BS!!!!   For the cost of this program alone you could surely fund the Mars crap.  Selling internet access to people in under-developed areas is NOT going to break even on this deal, much less result in a profit.

So..... Whaddaya think is the REAL reason for this ?    There's gotta be more to it.    

It's called Starlink and they don't cost anywhere near 50 million each. Maybe each launch that has load on board costs 50 million. I don't think you have to worry about ol Elon. Unless you give him a bag of weed for safekeeping. 

Now will the government use this system against you, oh hell yeah. They will see everything you look at, but they already do. That has nothing to do with Elon playing Space Ranger. 

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51 minutes ago, Flysmallie said:

It's called Starlink and they don't cost anywhere near 50 million each. Maybe each launch that has load on board costs 50 million. I don't think you have to worry about ol Elon. Unless you give him a bag of weed for safekeeping. 

Now will the government use this system against you, oh hell yeah. They will see everything you look at, but they already do. That has nothing to do with Elon playing Space Ranger. 

They can watch all they want.  Who cares.  I'm going to watch them Friday that's all I care about....

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24 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

My wife's BFF is an ATT manager, and according to her the ATT corporation spent big money fighting this tooth and nail....but lost.  Apparently it isn't good news for them. 😅

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