Starlink Satellites Mass Production Effect On Space Industry
So SpaceX is planning to produce tens of thousands of satellites (the last known digit is about 42 000 satellites) for LEO. Probably they don't want to produce very slowly during the next decade or more. We can't for sure say how much time they give to the full constellation to be unfolded but let's guess it's no more than 5 years. 5 years will probably be time for replacing old satellites with new ones. So we can assume they will be producing about 8 thousand satellites per year. It's quite a lot per year and will have very nice consequences on the space industry economics. Let's elaborate.
Starlink For Planets and Moons of The Solar System - How Many Are Enough For A Full Coverage
We will take as a base count the Earth Starlink satellites for a full coverage - 1500 satellites. They are flying at an altitude of about 550 km. The Earth's radius is 6371 km. So full radius of the Starlink satellites sphere is 6871 km. The Square of this sphere is 601932181 km2. So it's 1 satellite per 401 288 km2. Now we can calculate in ballpark how many satellites there will be needed for any other body of the Solar system.