Starlink is incredible and ambitious, but that was the first thing that came to mind.
> Krypton ion thrusters activate in about 3 hours to raise orbit
Lots of info here: https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/brfbic/rspacex_star...
They would never be able to fit 60 satellites with the typical fairings and launchers and (expensive) mechanisms which are typically used to deploy these things.
But they needed the density. So someone was crazy enough to say, “Well, why can’t we just shove them out the back once we’re up there?”
“Really Tom, just, you know, give ‘em a wee push and let them roll on out?”
“How many more can you fit if we build them to handle some small impacts and self deploy from a single drop point?”
“5 if we have to pick and place them. Maybe 20 if not?”
(While walking out of the room) “Make it 40 and you have a deal.”
“Jesus, why not just ask for 60?”
(Stopping at the door) “You know that will save us 6 launches! 60 then.”
"Starlink is on the leading edge of on-orbit debris mitigation, meeting or exceeding all regulatory and industry standards."
"At end of life, the satellites will utilize their on-board propulsion system to deorbit over the course of a few months. In the unlikely event the propulsion system becomes inoperable, the satellites will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere within 1-5 years, significantly less than the hundreds or thousands of years required at higher altitudes."
After doing some Googlin', I found this cool interactive map
There are others too.
Tesla would do a lot better if they had a world-class industrial CEO like Alan Mulally or the equivalent running the show. Tesla needs their Gwynne Shotwell. Musk should focus on product, technology, evangelizing, etc. Tesla needs more Tim Cook right now, pushing manufacturing efficiencies and process perfection, than it needs a Steve Jobs running the show. There is no great reason Musk needs to be CEO of Tesla, his particular skill is elsewhere.
They’re producing nearly 1,000/day at this point. I’d say they’re in for quite a nice Q2.
Once Giga3 turns on (optimistically targeted to be by the end of the year), they’ll be producing at a rate of over half a million cars a year. Hard to believe they’ll have the battery capacity for that (37.5GW)
(Or at least really good impersonators.)