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SpaceX Requests Starlink For Starship

SpaceX has requested special temporary authority to operate a user terminal at altitudes not to exceed 12.5 kilometers.

Can we start extending our planetary internet now, please?

Communications engineer - and science fiction writer - George O. Smith discussed interplanetary internet in his 1942 story QRM - Interplanetary.

The Venus Equilateral Relay Station was a modern miracle of engineering if you liked to believe the books. Actually, Venus Equilateral was an asteroid that had been shoved into its orbit about the Sun, forming a practical demonstration of the equilateral triangle solution of the Three Moving Bodies. It was a long cylinder, about three miles in length by about a mile in diameter...


(From Venus Equilateral Station)

This was the center of Interplanetary Communications. This was the main office. It was the heart of the Solar System's communication line, and as such, it was well manned. Orders for everything emanated from Venus Equilateral.

Earlier still, Harry Gore Bishop wrote this in his 1907 story On the Martian Way:

Nor is it necessary to again tell how sweating, heat-blistered engineers at every interplanetary radiograph station on three planets, stood by their generators until they were carried out unconscious, speeding up their machines, to the calls of set-faced operators for higher voltage, as they hurled radiogram after radiogram out into space, under a pressure that damaged receivers on boats as far away as Jupiter but which failed to excite the wornout and leaky induction coils of the Columbia's instruments.
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