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Elon Musk's Starlink satellites

Mix Man (Elite) posted this on Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 20:29

So who saw them?

Looked pretty spectacular from Essex tonight. A train of fast-moving bright lights going across the sky. Currently around 360 up there with plans for 42,000 in total! Concerns that they will begin to block out the sky for observation purposes.

RE: Elon Musk's Starlink satellites

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 21:27

They are already ruining astronomical observations, I've not seen them yet though. I can't see enough of the sky without going for a walk and, well, #StayAtHome...


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[VIDEO] RE: Elon Musk's Starlink satellites

bandicoot (Elite) posted this on Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 12:49

Also concerns of adding more space junk and collision dangers when orbiting or leaving/returning to Earth.

In fact here is a very good short sifi film showing the very problem of space junk in the future and families in orbit making a living out of collecting junk (stars Mackenzie Crook of 'pirates of the caribbean' fame) 

RE: [VIDEO] Elon Musk's Starlink satellites

Robee J Shepherd (undefined) posted this on Friday, 20th August 2021, 14:46

Talking of collision dangers...
https://www.independent.co.uk/space/elon-musk-spacex-starlink-satellite-near-misses-b1905969.html

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SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are responsible for over half of all near-collisions in space, according to the head of the Astronautics Research Group.

Craft from the space company, which was founded by Elon Musk, are involved in approximately 1,600 close encounters every week says Hugh Lewis, the head of the research group. A close encounter is when two craft pass within one kilometre of each other. Excluding the company’s own craft, Starlink passes a craft 500 times every week.


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