SpaceX has launched Starlink Telecommunication Satellites

SpaceX launched Starlink Telecommunication Satellites

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The Earth’s skies will soon be covered with about 12,000 false stars by SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. To provide global internet services, SpaceX has launched 60 Starlink telecommunication satellites.

Amateur Astronomer and Archaeologist Marco Langbroek placated a discussion about the train of satellites that went high above the Netherlands and what potential issues the Starlink fleet could create in the night sky. After that, several outlets shared a video about the actual positioning of the satellites after the deployment of the Starlink. Sources have ascertained that the satellites are not enough bright to see through naked eyes. At the time they begin to disperse, they will look dimmer than the initial days. Alan Duffy, Swinburne University astronomer and lead scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, explained that for ground-based telescopes the positioning of existing satellites is quite tricky. The real problems would arise because of the chain of satellites uprooted above by SpaceX. Duffy made a good citation that the current satellites would not be a problem as scientists have taken out ways to remove them.

You can mark the satellites if watched through optical telescopes like Pan-STARRS which can unmask the passing satellites from images. With the radio telescopes, the scientists will be able to screen the frequency gaps between or locate from satellite navigation signals like GPS. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs affirmed that around 5,162 objects orbiting Earth do not actually function. Only 2,000 objects are functional. Already the environment human beings are living in is composed of radio waves, phone towers, and wireless networks. It is an applied belief of Duffy that this exposure of satellites into the atmosphere with earth-based microwave-radio telescopes will be able to view the heavens for scanty radio objects. The loss of radio sky will be immediate damage to humanity. Though there are added benefits of internet coverage but the affinity to watch the stars will be lowered.

Duffy makes a point that the Starlink feet will make this radio frequency interference hard enough to escape from the atmosphere. Rather it should be placed on the far side of the Moon, which would reduce the noise of the waves reaching the planet. SpaceX is yet to answer any of these controversial questions. This is still not fully addressed by the SpaceX. But to date back, one year, Astronomer Harvey Liszt, United States National Radio Astronomy Observatory penned down to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) writing about the problems that will arise out of the establishment of the project. The first 60 satellites are considered to be test cases. That is why SpaceX is not considering a comprehensive plan. Six more launches are to be made this year.

The Starlink project aims to connect with 3 billion people to ensure internet connectivity switch. SpaceX believes that if this set of satellites fails to be launched, then it would take five years for a satellite to re-enter the atmosphere. As there is already an increased density of material in orbit, would prevail to make different collisions.

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