The queue of satellites Starlink of Elon Musk will grow in the days to come : nearly 70 satellites must be launched Tuesday, may 19. But they may be less visible than the other. Explanations.
The train of mini-satellites Starlink will he still lie ? Without doubt, while the teams of the company Space X, founded by Elon Musk, should be launched Tuesday, may 19 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. In total, 69 new mini-satellites (the size of a washing machine approximately) will be launched aboard rocket Falcon 9. They must join 429 other already in place.
In the end, 12 000 satellites should form a constellation of artificial supposed to provide a connection to the Internet at low cost in the most remote corners of the planet.
The satellite Starlink less visible ?
But this project is daunting for Elon Musk has his critics : to begin with, astronomers who believe that it creates light pollution very important. Trains mini-satellites Starlink are in fact visible on some evenings, from many points of the globe. They interfere with the scientific observations of the sky. To overcome this problem, Elon Musk has announced key measures to make the satellite Starlink “invisible” to the view of scientists : the satellite should soon be equipped with a sun visor that will make them a lot less dazzling, announced the founder of Space X and Tesla.
In response to the tweet of a User who wished him good luck for the launch of its new satellites, Elon Musk has delivered this information on Twitter. The satellites that will be part of the launch 9 should be equipped with these sun visors are designed to reduce their brightness.
Thanks! We are taking some key steps to reduce satellite brightness btw. Should be much less noticeable during orbit raising by changing the solar panel angle & all sats get sunshades starting with launch 9.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 22, 2020
In the meantime, it should be possible to see the train passing by satellites in the sky French in the nights to come. To know in which direction to look and what time it will pass over you, go on Satflare.com and check your GPS coordinates.
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