- Oct 5, 2009
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- Tanana Valley AK
You seem like such a pleasant and secure person, Dave!Good grief I forgot about all the tin foil conspiracy fools on here. You could of saved all that you typed above and typed:
”I don’t know anything about this but my feelings are hurt”.
I don’t care about your opinion. It’s obvious you know nothing about what they have done up here. It was an entertaining read though. Still laughing at the four locations part. That was a good one. And the map showing them. I forgot to look at my map of the know it alls on AOD before responding. Easy to forget when you check in once or twice a year.
let’s see that “map” of all the spaceX sites in alaska. Post it up or shut up. I won’t be waiting, cuz there isn’t one. I’m still laughing about the satellites too.
Sorry, I apparently forgot a station, or just had a brain slip/typo. There are actually 5 ground stations in Alaska (SpaceX/Starlink calls them "gateways"): Ketchikan, Anchorage, Nome, Fairbanks/NP, Kuparuk. The FCC licenses, exact geographic locations, array details, etc. for those stations is all public information. But, as I stated previously, to date there are no operational satellites in polar orbits. Of the 5, the only station able to maintain continuous contact with operational satellites is Ketchikan; it is typically tracking about 3 satellites at a time (an operationally extremely minimal number) along the extreme northern edge of the operational satellite orbit band, and it has to look pretty far south to do so. It is yet to be seen if Musk will ever decide to put operational sats in the polar band. Thus far he is doing what he has told investors/cooperators he intends to do: fill in coverage holes in the equatorial/mid-latitude band. At the current rate he can continue doing so for a very long time. In the grand scheme of things a few completed ground stations in Alaska don't mean squat as an indicator of things to come for us; the cost of constructing those 5 stations is utterly insignificant relative to the cost of the whole operation.