Elon Musk has decided to make one of his Starlink Satellites extra-visible as a publicity stunt, he wants New York City to have a permanent star in the sky of sunlight reflecting off a Starlink satellite, how could he do this?
IIRC you can only see satellites just before dawn or just after dusk because the solar panels are arranged to catch as much sun as possible and that time gives a good angle for the sunlight to reflect off the panels and into your eyes. You can't see a satellite at 4pm because the panels are facing the sun and that's practically 90-degrees away from the right angle to reflect light down to Earth. But Elon is doing it on purpose, he WANTS the reflection, so he can arrange for the solar panels to be angled just right to reflect the light onto New York.
Problem 1: The satellites wizz around the planet. So he'll need to steer this one off into a new orbit, it could be Geocentric Orbit above NYC. Maybe Geocentric above Chicago or Denver so you get a better angle to bounce the light at NYC?
Problem 2: The angle between the sun, satellite and NYC will change throughout the day, the satellite will need to move its solar panels to maintain the best light it can.
Problem 3: If you're angling the solar panels to reflect light at the ground then it won't be the most efficient angle for charging the satellite, let's assume the satellite has good batteries and it's not doing its normal job of doing wifi so it'll have enough power for our purposes.
Problem 4: Even doing everything perfectly I doubt a starlink satellite would be visible at 4pm or 10am in daylight conditions. Maybe Elon needs to launch a dedicated mirror-satellite with more surface area to make his point.
Could this work? How much light could it produce? Would it be visible during daylight?
Anyone got suggestions for a good, durable sunshade canopy that can handle the wind? Something like this. https://www.amazon.com/Neso-Anchor-Portable-Canopy-Shelter/
Does anyone know of a full front and rear seat coverage sunshade that can be left on when you have your hard top and freedom panels installed, if such a product exists?
Thank you in advance.
edit: not sure of a product like this exists
Basically title, I’ve been looking and all I can seem to find are ones that use the brackets that the hard top uses which means removing at least those two points when putting the top back on.
I'm planning to purchase a sunshade for my 2019 Forester. The ones I found have a small cut in center where the eyesight cameras and the frit goes. I have a dashcam fixed to windshield behind the rearview mirror (under the frit). Wondering if there are any good options that wouldn't disturb the dashcam alignment everytime I install the shades.
I have a windsheild mounted phone holder. Do any of you guys know a good sunshade that can work around one of these? If so a link would be appreciated
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I just bought a new, decently expensive car so I really want to take care of it.
I'm considering getting a custom sunshade (something like a Covercraft or something else if there are other good ones you can suggest) because I park outside on my company's lot all day in Texas so it'll probably be a good idea.
Only thing is, I don't know where the heck to store that huge thing when not in use.
I used to have one of those flexible circular pop-up ones you can fold and stuffed it between the center console and the passenger seat, but the nicer ones like the Covercraft don't fit in there.
It's so clunky and bulky, I don't know if I want it sitting around, especially if I have passengers in the car.
Do you guys store it in the trunk all the time? Rear passenger footwell?
It's the trivial things that get confusing and are a hassle until someone enlightens you with the simplest solution.
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I emailed them with the order number and asked for missing clips. I don’t want to return them, just send me two missing clips (3 clips each on front and rear)
So does anyone know if there's a good non-oem sunshade for the F55? I've got a 2018 4dr hardtop and need one...I'm really just wanting one that doesn't have the mini logo on it. Just reflective.
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Thanks in advance!