127 Satellite Mega-Constellations

The Problem

Satellite services fundamentally shape telecommunication, navigation, and remote sensing services that are vital to the global economy. The current system is on the risk of collapse due to implementation of new tech like phones, etc.

What is it?

Constellations offer new levels of versatility. Smaller, cheaper satellites—some just the size of a briefcase—can be arranged in different configurations depending on their goal. Lined up in a string that follows a single orbit, for example, a constellation can repeatedly photograph or surveil the same spot. Starlink, meanwhile, is arranged in a crisscross formation to blanket the planet with internet service.

From mapping the planet in minute detail to simply making sure a smartphone user doesn’t get lost, satellites do a little bit of everything. And they work better in groups. These four satellite constellations each perform a synchronized function without which your life wouldn’t be—or soon won’t be—the same.

Holy Crap Thinking:

Thinking smaller, cheaper, more flexible

Thinking outer space – similar to cities thinking taller, not sprawling

Thinking Global

Thinking Second Stage

Holy Crap Quote:

“Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.”

― Carl Sagan

Holy Crap Challenge:

Think Bigger: Expand your vision

Reach Higher: Collaborate beyond competition

Do the Impossible: Instead of dismissing something as “impossible,” work to make it possible.

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