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Darryl Matfin

February 2018

February 2018
Miami Beach, Florida

We sat down with Darryl at the Miami Yacht Show 2018 to discuss the future of the satellite industry and what type of world we're going to be living in come 2020.

"Yeah, all the new stuff that's coming is all the LEO stuff, low Earth orbit satellites, so you're gonna start seeing that in the next two years."

- How many satellites are up there? A lot, right?

- Thousands.

- Really?

- Thousands.

- And it's 23,000 miles up and 23,000 miles down?

- Yeah, all the new stuff that's coming is all the LEO stuff, low Earth orbit satellites, so you're gonna start seeing that in the next two years.

- Is that 'cause it's all too crammed up there, they have to come a bit lower?

- No, well, distance, right? So you've got latency. It takes a long time to go 23,000 miles up and 23,000 miles down, so Amazon, NO-3B, Google, Tesla, Elon Musk, all these guys are putting their low Earth orbit satellites up that are only 25 miles up. By 2020, you're gonna look up and you're gonna see a glimpse of silver in the sky because the--

- Really?

- Each one of those guys is putting up a constellation of 7,000 satellites a piece. So you're gonna have four companies at 7,000. You've got have 28,000 satellites that are all going up in the next two years that will change communication on the water forever.

- Huh, and that can only be a good thing though, right? Or is it gonna get too much?

- Depends on if you want to see silver in the sky or not, right?

- Jesus, okay.

- Constellations of satellites.

- Satellite constellations, you'll never see the stars anymore then, eh?

- You might, you might.

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