SpaceX Starlink progress, external analysis

Eric Kuhnke eric.kuhnke at
Fri Feb 22 05:02:42 UTC 2019

ISPs throughout the United States that currently operate 11 GHz FCC Part
101 licensed microwave links have begun receiving PCCNs from Starlink.
These specify the RF parameters and lat/long locations of the Starlink
earth stations.

If you have received one of these, I'd be very interested in taking a look
at it. The eventual as-built locations of the earth stations will all be
public in the FCC's databases (ULS, international bureau, etc).

It appears as though the first generation of Starlink satellites will
operate as relays in a bent pipe configuration. The design goal for
satellite-to-satellite trunk links has been scrapped or postponed. In this
method, a satellite or set of satellites in the same orbital plane will
need to have LOS visibility to both a CPE terminal and a Starlink earth

For example, an earth station located near the fiber huts and ISP POPs in
Cheyenne, WY would provide the uplink for customers in the same moving spot
beam, while it was over WY, such as rural CPEs on remote ranches.
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