SpaceX says 60 Starlink satellites will grow harder to see

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A new report from BroadbandNow said that the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites from Musk's SpaceX Starlink project and Jeff Bezos' Project Kuiper could save American households more than $30 billion per year by introducing more broadband competition.

But there were only a handful in a world that foresaw what was coming next: a flurry of "UFO sightings" that followed the launch. Posting a picture of a Google search, he talks about how no one notices the estimated 4,900 satellites that are now in orbit.

But the sight has also provoked an outcry among astronomers who say the constellation, which so far consists of 60 broadband-beaming satellites but could one day grow to as many as 12,000, may threaten our view of the cosmos and deal a blow to scientific discovery.

It looked like a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster: an astronomer in the Netherlands captured footage of a train of brightly-lit SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky this weekend, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe. Many astronomers raised fears that they will interfere with visual observations and even radio astronomy. The Iridium satellite network used this approach in the 1990s, using dozens of satellites to provide global phone and data services. However, a basic service could launch with about 800 satellites. The orbit is slightly higher than the ISS (International Space Station).

It's been a couple days since SpaceX sent its first 60 Starlink satellites into orbit and the skywatching has begun. "They're bright, and there are going to be a lot of them". However, it would still represent a significant percentage of the overall operational satellites in orbit. That is assuming that all goes to plan for SpaceX.

The problem with the small Starlink satellites is they reflect significant amounts of light from the Sun.

If truth is to be told, Musk had been expecting to earn around $3 billion per annum in complete functionality from his satellite project named as Starlink, an amount seemed to be too low for such extravagant project of operating and maintaining 12,000 satellites.

In April, when India tested long-range missiles for Mission Shakti, NASA criticised the country for creating more space debris in the atmosphere.