Starlink satellites and SpaceX’s famous internet connectivity constellation, are collaborating. In the grand development of SpaceX, people will view Starlink satellites in the night sky. The satellites will boost high-speed, low-latency internet access to people living in remote and under-connected areas. The satellite’s mission is to endure gigabit speeds with latencies in the tens of milliseconds compared to on-ground connections. SpaceX plans to achieve this by launching numerous satellites up to 550 kilometers above the Earth. The most recent satellite group was launched on August 18, which brings the total number of current-generation craft revolving in the sky to 593.
Earlier this week, a new report stated that satellite constellations like Starlink would have wide-ranging and long-term effects on the night sky. The American Astronomical Society then published a report that claimed low-Earth orbit satellites could affect ground-based astronomy observations. The report offered six ideas for mitigating the effects, and SpaceX already follows some of them. These include deploying satellites at orbital altitudes that are no higher than 600 kilometers, and darkens satellites using sunshades, or offer more specific orbital information.
SpaceX has been collaborating and working with the American Astronomical Society over the last few months and made changes like the “VisorSat” sunshade. But as the launches continue, SpaceX fans are eagerly looking to the sky to view the constellations. However, it will become increasingly difficult to view the satellites over time as Starlink sightings are tough to spot.
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