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Elements S4 • E65

Could SpaceX’s Plans for Universal Internet Ruin Astronomy?

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Published on Jun 28, 2019

SpaceX plans to launch 12,000 satellites in a mission to provide universal internet. But at what cost to studying the stars?

Is There Space for 12,000 More Satellites Up There?
https://youtu.be/BMoH_zr2y8A

Read More:
SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Internet Satellites Into Orbit
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/sc...
"SpaceX launched a batch of 60 internet communications satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida."

Astronomy group calls for urgent action on SpaceX Starlink satellites
https://www.newscientist.com/article/...
"Many astronomers on social media expressed concerns about how these shining projectiles would affect observations of the night sky, hurtling through images of the stars and creating streaks that are difficult or impossible to remove."

AAS Issues Position Statement on Satellite Constellations
https://aas.org/media/press-releases/...
"These impacts could include significant disruption of optical and near-infrared observations by direct detection of satellites in reflected and emitted light; contamination of radio astronomical observations by electromagnetic radiation in satellite communication bands; and collision with space-based observatories."

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