SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites For Internet Access

SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites For Internet Access

However, for planetary astronomer Alex Parker, the public should be more concerned about what Starlink might do to the night sky than having high speed internet.

"People were making extrapolations that if numerous satellites in these new mega-constellations had that kind of steady brightness, then in 20 years or less, for a good part of the night anywhere in the world, the human eye would see more satellites than stars", Bill Keel, an astronomer at the University of Alabama, told AFP.

If truth is to be told, Musk had been expecting to earn around $3 billion per annum in complete functionality from his satellite project named as Starlink, an amount seemed to be too low for such extravagant project of operating and maintaining 12,000 satellites.

On Friday, May 24, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites into Earth's orbit to begin a global internet service.

Starlink will become operational once 800 satellites have been activated, which will require a dozen more launches. Their shiny solar panels also reflect bright light from the Sun.

"You could just ignore the bit around that point".

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In April, when India tested long-range missiles for Mission Shakti, NASA criticised the country for creating more space debris in the atmosphere.

SpaceX continues to monitor the constellation for any satellites that may need to be safely deorbited.

On a positive note, SpaceX has set up an interesting plan to help reduce overpopulation with satellites and space junk. The network of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit will provide continual coverage around the globe.

I find it interesting that the unusual sight of the satellite "train" caused a flood of UFO reports all over the Netherlands.

Astronomers are concerned there is very little public data about how giant constellations can pollute the night sky with light. He said that he had already contacted the team handling Starlink and advised them on coming up with new designs for the satellites to make them less shiny.

"There are plenty of us in the community that was aware of this concern, but until people saw with their own eyes this freight train of satellites, it didn't really jump into the public consciousness", said Mary Knapp, a research scientist studying exoplanets at MIT Haystack Observatory.