Starlink terminals deployed in Ukraine

Scott McGrath smcgrath at
Tue Mar 1 19:56:33 UTC 2022

Starlink however forgets that Russia does have anti satellite weapons and
they probably will not hesitate to use them which will make low earth orbit
a very dangerous place when Russia starts blowing up the Starlink birds.
I applaud the humanitarian aspect of providing Starlink service,
unfortunately there are geopolitical realities like access to space which
is likely to be negatively impacted if and when Russia starts shooting down
these birds.    Fortunately if they start shooting down the birds the
debris will burn up in a year or so unlike geosync orbit where it would
stay forever.

On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 1:44 PM Phineas Walton <phin at> wrote:

> This is more of a brand image / marketing stunt for Starlink. A pretty
> ingenious way to market which will heavily pay off long term. To them, this
> is cheap for how much attention it’s getting them.
> Phin
> On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 6:36 PM Crist Clark <cjc+nanog at> wrote:
>> So they’re going to offer the service to anyone in a denied area for free
>> somehow? How do you send someone a bill or how do they pay it if you can’t
>> do business in the country?
>> On Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 4:39 PM Jay Hennigan <jay at> wrote:
>>> On 2/28/22 16:17, Michael Thomas wrote:
>>> > As a practical matter how does this help? You need to have base
>>> > stations/dishes, right? Can they be beefy ones that can pump out
>>> > gigabytes that would be capable of backfilling the load? Or would it
>>> > need to be multiple in parallel? Wouldn't that bandwidth be
>>> constrained
>>> > by the number of visible satellites in the constellation? I wonder if
>>> > they've ever even tested it with feeding into an internet facing
>>> router.
>>> > Could tables on the satellites explode?
>>> If there aren't fixed Internet-connected earth stations line-of-sight to
>>> the satellite that's serving the remote terminal, Starlink will relay
>>> satellite-to-satellite until a path to an Internet-connected earth
>>> station is in reach.
>>>  From the linked article:
>>> "Musk has previously stressed Starlink’s flexibility of Starlink in
>>> providing internet service. In September, Musk talked about how the
>>> company would use links between the satellites to create a network that
>>> could provide service even in countries that prohibit SpaceX from
>>> installing ground infrastructure for distribution.
>>> As for government regulators who want to block Starlink from using that
>>> capability, Musk had a simple answer.
>>> “They can shake their fist at the sky,” Musk said."
>>> --
>>> Jay Hennigan - jay at
>>> Network Engineering - CCIE #7880
>>> 503 897-8550 - WB6RDV
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