SpaceX says 60 Starlink satellites will grow harder to see

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Shortly after the launch, on 24 May, SpaceX confirmed that all 60 satellites had been successfully deployed. Starlink satellites use NORAD tracking data to automatically navigate around other spacecraft and larger pieces of orbital debris. Once operational, the Starlink satellites' solar arrays will be pointed away from the Earth to soak up solar rays.

Musk said he expects revenues from rocket launch services provided by his privately held Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, to top out at about $3 billion per year.

The satellites are part of SpaceX's more ambitious projects: a massive fleet of satellites orbiting between 340 and 208 miles up that will provide internet connectivity around the Earth.

The discussion about light pollution took front and center over the weekend after amateur astronomers released footage of the Starlink satellites, showing them to be much brighter than people imagined. However, those unaware of the launch reported that they had seen UFOs. These will be in low Earth orbit with an altitude of around 550 kilometers from the surface.

They represent the initial phase of a planned constellation capable of beaming signals for high-speed internet service from space to paying customers around the globe. "SpaceX is targeting two to six Starlink launches by the end of this year", the company said on its website.

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The launch got here per week after two again-to-again countdowns for the mission had been scrubbed - as soon as because of extreme winds over the Cape and the following evening with a goal to replace satellite tv for pc software program and "triple-examine" all techniques. By far the most reflective element of a satellite is its solar arrays. Each weighs about 500 pounds (227 kg), making them the heaviest payload carried aloft by SpaceX to date.

NASA estimates there are more than 5,000 satellites orbiting the Earth. The orbit is slightly higher than the ISS (International Space Station).

While there has been no irreparable diplomatic damage between the US and India, the US Department of State Spokesperson Robert Palladino did need to reassure the global community that ties between the two countries were still strong.

"There are already 4900 satellites in orbit, which people notice ~0% of the time", Musk wrote on Twitter, in response to a question whether he anxious about the satellites adding to space debris and polluting the sky.


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