lezboyd t1_jegdly4 wrote

Two factors, reputation and price.

For example, Indian Space agency, ISRO, has a much better track record at launching satellites, and has developed means to send multiple ones in the same payload. Recently, it launched 36 (or 32?) satellites for a UK based StarLink competitor as part of the same payload. It also holds record for launching 102 satellites at the same time. It has launched satellites for countries around the world, including the USA and Israel. And it's costs are competitive.


lezboyd t1_je744t7 wrote

I'm skeptical about that. A few days ago, a news article was posted on this sub, where a hot gasgiant with a silica atmosphere was found orbiting a binary star pair at 9x the distance between sun and pluto. We're presently using many instruments and technologies to observe exoplanets and transit method is just one of them.


lezboyd t1_je6qfkk wrote

My takeaway from this and other such articles regarding exoplanets is that it seems much more common for gaan giants to be orbiting near their star, and it seems Jupiter is an outlier in that sense. It seems Jupiter would've also been this way if not for the formation of Saturn whose gravitational pull stopped it advancing inwards and caused it to retreat back to where it presently is.


lezboyd t1_jdwwja8 wrote

Honestly, didn't read the article, it was a bit too long, but to further your argument, a Dyson sphere doesn't have to be a solid sphere encapsulating the star. One can theoretically put a swarm/lattice of 'dyson satellites' in orbit around the sun to achieve the same effect. What holds back the concept of a Dyson sphere as a valid energy source is not our satellite building tech or mining abilities, but that we don't yet know how to transmit this energy that's generated in Space onto Earth without frying it.


lezboyd t1_jds2env wrote

Pretty much this. I think there are gifs and videos of this being simulated too.

What I would like to add is that the merger and gravitational interaction of the matter within both galaxies will also result in a new burst of active star formation as the gases and nebulas within both galaxies are acted upon by various forces during the merger.

As for our Sun, it would be in its late stages, either nearing it or having already become a red giant and swallowing up the inner planets. So unless we have become a space faring species and spread out to other stars, we'd more likely be extinct.