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SpaceX launched 60 small satellites in May as the beginning of the company’s Starlink program. Now scientists are concerned that the satellites could eventually outnumber the visible stars in the night sky.

SpaceX launched 60 small satellites in May as the beginning of the company’s Starlink program. Now scientists are concerned that the satellites could eventually outnumber the visible stars in the night sky.

@joe_mckirdy  @13ericralph311  @joechask  @StephanieeeeeJo00mT  to 125mT for true useful load to useful orbit (eg Starlink mission), including propellant reserves. 150mT for reference payload compared to other rockets. This is in fully reusable config. About double in fully expendable config, which is hopefully never.

This comment about SpaceX and Starlink is remarkable due to A) the location in Huntsville, AL; and B) by an AF General, Terrence O’Shaughnessy: “Completely changed our ability” to sense threats. “Holy smokes. Talk about being able to move the ball."

Puteaux: 42% of the demand will be driven by just three systems: OneWeb, SpaceX’s Starlink, and Amazon’s Project Kuiper. #smallsat 

Wyler: to not sit and think about long-term ramifications of constellations is irresponsible (in response to audience question about the brightness of the initial Starlink satellite.) #smallsat 

Wyler adds that OneWeb’s satellites are in a higher orbit, and aren’t designed to have the same reflective services at Starlink. #smallsat 

The 500 satellites currently in low-Earth orbit could ultimately be dwarfed by satellites from SpaceX's Starlink program to expand Internet access: when complete, it could consist of 12,000 satellites in total - Starlink has already launched 62 satellites

OneWeb Satellites CEO Tony Gingiss: we are going to pioneer serial satellite production. Who else is doing this today? No one. [Wonder if SpaceX/Starlink agrees.]

QUESTION: Does anyone have a recent image/video of a #starlink  flyover? I’m curious about how it’s evolving.

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Starlink satellites are equipped with one solar array instead of two, minimizing potential points of failure

Starlink will connect the globe with reliable and affordable high-speed broadband services

Falcon 9 launches 60 Starlink satellites to orbit – targeting up to 6 Starlink launches this year and will accelerate our cadence next year to put ~720 satellites in orbit for continuous coverage of most populated areas on Earth

First 60 @SpaceX  Starlink satellites loaded into Falcon fairing. Tight fit.

Successful deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed!

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Starlink mission will be heaviest @SpaceX  payload ever at 18.5 tons. If all goes well, each launch of 60 satellites will generate more power than Space Station & deliver 1 terabit of bandwidth to Earth.

All 60 Starlink satellites online, solar array deployment coming up soon

More photos from last night’s Starlink launch →

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Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served.

First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations

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