Elon Musk’s space agency, SpaceX has recently released 60 internet satellites into Earth’s orbit. Musk has scheduled 12,000 more satellites for release in the next years. The constellation of satellites, called Starlink, is set to generate internet access all over the world. Scientists are now claiming their worries that a lot of orbital junk will be left behind.
Starlink satellites are now very high up in orbit, according to Lauren Grush, a reporter from The Verge. However, what the space company and other agencies want to do is to release them into a lower orbit so they can generate better internet. When the satellites are placed in a lower orbit, there is a need for more, so that they can provide worldwide coverage.
Other companies are involved in this matter, for instance, OneWeb, which already launched its own satellites, and Amazon also stated that it plans to release thousands of satellites. Besides these companies, many others are planning to get involved in this type of project within the space industry.
What some scientists are worried about is the debris those satellites could leave behind if they crush with each other. Because the satellites are actually moving at thousands of miles per hour and there are chances they might run into each other and create a damaging junk field which is also moving at thousands of miles per hour.
Too Many Satellites In Space Would Have A Negative Impact
However, these collisions don’t often happen as space is incredibly vast. Also, SpaceX has thought about this as well, and they equipped the satellites with a device resembling a GPS which transmits the objects movement information. The Air Force can use this information to maneuver the satellites in such way they don’t collide with something.
For many years, space was a place that only governments stepped on. Now there are numerous private companies, and launchings of this kind happening, this new revolution having its positive and negative traits as well. Because the prices in the space industry are lowering, the more that they launch, more people can release satellites and expeditions into space.
At the same time, the implications of too many launches are visible, as the more is being launched into space, the more debris it will be. The debris could then spread all over, and researchers will have a difficult time observing the space.
This is why astronomers worried about sending that many satellites into the orbit. However, both negative or positive traits will play out in the next years for us to see.
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