60 More SpaceX Satellites Launched. Musk Promises to Reduce Brightness Due to Astronomers’ Complaints

By B.N. Frank

Despite expert warnings and opposition, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has approved tens of thousands of satellites, loons, and other space craft to be launched into the sky and space to blast WiFi and 5G back down at us (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 6, 7).  On Wednesday, SpaceX launched 60 more.  Elon Musk promises that next month’s batch will have “sun shades” to reduce their brightness.

From DailyMail UK:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said his company is ‘fixing’ the brightness of his ultra-bright constellation of satellites, which are disrupting the night sky for astronomers.

Stargazers have been puzzled by the unusual brightness of Musk’s satellite constellation, called Starlink, which aims to provide satellite internet access.

The brightness of the constellation is due to the angle of the solar panels as the satellites rise to orbit altitude, Musk explained.

[…]The continued launches shows Musk is not letting the pandemic hamper his company’s plans of creating an internet broadband constellation in low orbit.

At least 400 satellites are needed for SpaceX to start introducing minimal internet coverage, Musk has said, and at least 800 are necessary for moderate coverage.

The firm aims to have more than 1,000 satellites in orbit by the end of the year and has also been approved by the FCC to launch over 12,000 in total.

However, European Southern Observatory (ESO) found that satellite mega-constellations such as Starlink will ‘severely’ affect between 30 and 50 percent of observations taken by the Rubin Observatory under construction in Chile.

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The FCC is supposed to protect the public from the telecom industry but, as the article concludes, the FCC appears enamored with a space-based internet beaming the planet:

Musk compared the project to ‘rebuilding the internet in space’, as it would reduce reliance on the existing network of undersea fibre-optic cables which criss-cross the planet.

In the US, the FCC welcomed the scheme as a way to provide internet connections to more people.

The FCC was labelled a “Captured Agency” before Trump was elected and they have become ridiculously more dangerous since then (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23).

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