SpaceX satellites pose new headache for astronomers


But there were only a handful in a world that foresaw what was coming next: a flurry of "UFO sightings" that followed the launch.

May 26, 60 Starlink satellites of Elon Musk's SpaceX company launched into space for a global Internet project were spotted flying over Ukraine. "At 34 degrees latitude, say Los Angeles, up to 10 #Starlink satellites will be visible during twilight".

In the early hours of the morning on May 24, sixty Starlink satellites were launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.

Private rocket firm SpaceX owned by Elon Musk has postponed its scheduled flight for launch of satellites that will be part of its Starlink satellite based internet service consortium, due to strong winds in the atmosphere.

At the least 12 launches carrying related payloads are wanted to attain fixed web protection of a lot of the world, Musk stated. The company's first fleet of LEO satellites will give the company a more comprehensive grasp of the potential speeds the StarLink web of satellites can realize, plus a better understanding of technical obstacles. There are many other companies that are vying for that piece of the pie.

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Ideally, Musk said SpaceX would like to see about six more launches this year of about 60 satellites each to obtain good connectivity over the United States.

While SpaceX didn't cause the problem - there are already 2,100 active satellites in Earth's orbit, according to the Satellite Industry Association - the launch this weekend did crystallize it. Footage shot by a Netherlands astronomer showed the 60 satellites far outshining the stars around them as they climbed toward their eventual position at 550km altitude. "We care a great deal about science", Musk tweeted.

"The "Starlink" mission", if successful, would ultimately put 12,000 satellites into orbit over the next few years.

That's slightly higher than the International Space Station, but well below the majority of terrestrial satellites, the highest of which sit in a geostationary orbit of 22,400 miles. He also mentions moving telescopes that orbit.

Keel said he was happy that Musk had offered to look at ways to reduce the reflectivity of future satellites, but questioned why the issue had not been addressed before.