Starlink has plans to connect phones, planes and even cruises to its space satellites. But there are hold-ups.
A growing number of satellite ‘mega-constellations’ are being deployed. Will a starry night sky soon be a thing of the past?
Space weather can affect satellites in a number of different ways, from frying electronics to increasing drag in the atmosphere.
Megaconstellations of satellites will visually clutter the night sky, disrupting astronomical research. And the environmental damage caused by these satellites is still unknown.
In the past decade, the number of satellites in orbit has skyrocketed thanks to tiny electronics and cheap launches. The crowded night sky is posing problems for astronomers and astronauts.
As thousands of new satellites enter Low Earth Orbit, it’s important to consider their potential impact, including possible environmental damage in addition to hindering the work of astronomers.
Earth orbit is filling up with satellites and space junk. Technological fixes can only go so far to deal with the problem.
SpaceX’s satellites will populate the night sky, affecting how we observe the stars. And this is just the beginning of private satellite mega-constellations.