Elon Musk’s space research company SpaceX has been working on the massive satellite project called Starlink for the past few years. The goal is to develop an internet system that can be used all over the world, with thousands of satellites that will completely surround the Earth’s orbit.
SpaceX, which launched some of its satellites into orbit in the past years, has successfully completed the first phase of the project. After a while, reactions to Elon Musk started to fall by space researchers. According to the researchers, so many satellites placed in orbit restricted the view of the observatories with the light it reflected, preventing the stars with very low brightness in the far point.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk initially disagreed. In his reply from Twitter, he said, “There are already 4900 satellites in orbit, which people noticed 0% of the time. Starlink won’t be seen by anyone unless looking very and will have 0% impact on advancements in astronomy. We need to move telescopes to orbit anyway.”
In the statement he made on Twitter the other day, he stated that they corrected this error. Musk said that this is due to the angle of the satellite solar panels and he solved the problem by changing the angles.
Astronomers are still nervous. They think they will close their viewing angles when the number of satellites. Another problem is that satellite traffic in orbit will reach dangerous levels. They say that if the satellite placement continues at this speed, they may start colliding with each other. Musk seems determined in his project that will provide internet access for the whole world.
Launch and Satellite Transmission Continues at Full Throttle
Despite the Covid-19 epidemic that shook the world and brought life almost to a halt, SpaceX continues to work. The spacecraft launched in the Cape Canaveral area in Florida has become Starlink’s 4 vehicles this year and 7 in total.
The first satellites of the Starlink project, Tintin A and Tintin B, were orbited on February 22, 2018 and successfully sent signals to the world. For now, it is a matter of curiosity when the Starlink project will reach the number of 12,000 satellites.