Are you suggesting to dip BFS into the atmosphere to do inclination changes? That is how I read your post.
I think X-37b might be able to do those kind of inclination changes, too. BFS should be able to do a similar thing. I have no idea why the USAF wants the x37b for, but ITS should be able to do the same job. Except not very stealthy (if that's what they're looking for).Anyway, yeah, it should open the trade space a little further. Large amounts of on-board propellant AND the ability to generate significant lift.
Why bother with a new vehicle when you can use a BFS with few modifications? Heck, with cleverness you can use a stock spaceship with custom equipment in the unpressurized section. There's a huge door there already.
You will need some sort of horribly complicated (and automated) conveyor racking inside the ITS to transfer satellites around so they can be bunged out of the door. A door note, that's not intended to be used in space (AFAICT). If you are fitting 240 satellites, the internal storage system is going to be a nightmare within the constraints of the ITS.
If SpaceX is doing the whole thing (production and launch), they would probably skip insurance.
SpaceX wants to deploy 12000 satellites, about 2400 per year. At 80 per launch, that's 30 FH launches. That's a lot! A whole bunch of cores and a whole bunch of down range landings. A lot of folding legs, 30 new upper stages, 30 new deployers and maybe fairings (if they haven't solved that, and if they have, recovering them is significant work, too).I think they'd like to transition to using ITS to deploy the satellites. I'm thinking of giant PPOD type deployers mounted when the unpressurized payload section is. I'm thinking 240 birds per launch, giving you performance margin and a lot of on-board delta-V for inclination changes.
Robotbeat, I absolutely support this idea. It makes sense to loft many many sats at once, simultaneously getting some flights under the belt with BFR ITS and be possibly cheaper than F9 in the process.But why would you need inclination changes? There are more than enough sats per inclination. They are just on different orbital planes with the same inclination. Drifting between orbital planes is very easy, just adjust the orbital period a little to have a different precession than the rest of the fleet and you are set. Just like sun synchronised orbits.