SAN ANTONIO – It caught the consideration of many across South Texas and Texas for that matter Monday night. It was a streak across the sky that regarded like a line of lights.
You could have heard of this earlier than. Yes, SpaceX is again at it, launching Starlink satellites into orbit.
On Saturday, SpaceX launched 34 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launches additionally came about on Sept. 4, Aug. 30, Aug. 27, and several other different dates in August.
On a clear night, sometimes a few days after launch, you’ll be able to often see the chain of satellites as they journey into orbit.
Over 2,000 Starlink satellites are already in orbit, with tens of 1000’s extra set to be launched in the coming years.
SpaceX hopes to have greater than 30,000 orbiting Earth. Why? The hope is to convey broadband web to Earth, notably in rural areas. This will enable many individuals entry to quick web and supply a substitute for broadband.
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While there are numerous constructive facets to Starlinks, it has drawn some criticism from astronomers who say the brightness of the satellites could disrupt observations of the night sky. They’ll additionally add to an already-crowded orbit of Earth.
As of now, there are greater than 5,500 satellites orbiting the earth, based on the Union of Concerned Scientists. The bulk of these satellites belong to the United States and the Starlink program.
Do you have got a picture of the Starlink satellites above Texas? Upload it on KSAT Connect and we could use it on-air or on-line.
On our stroll tonight at 9:00 we noticed the Starlink Satellite prepare (Starlink 4-2) they have been launched September 11. We noticed them making their method to their parking orbit. There have been 30+ they usually all regarded about as vibrant as Jupiter and moved about as quick as the ISS.
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