Musk says SpaceX is ‘fixing’ brightness from satellites

Musk says SpaceX is ‘fixing’ brightness from satellites
Musk says SpaceX is ‘fixing’ brightness from satellites

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said the company was “fixing” the brightness of his company’s satellites.

Stargazers around the world and including many Britons have witnessed unusual constellations made up of the low earth orbit spacecraft.

SpaceX has been launching large batches of satellites as part of its Starlink project to improve global internet coverage.

The most recent launch took place on Wednesday.

Responding to a question about the brightness of the Starlink satellites on Twitter, Mr Musk said it was due to the angle of the satellites solar panels and the company was “fixing it now”.

A fix could make them less visible from Earth.

SpaceX’s Starlink project aims to eventually create a network of 12,000 satellites that beam broadband internet access back to Earth.

Many of the satellites that are visible now were sent up in March but their current orbital position has made them easier to see over the past few days.

These satellites are also particularly bright because of their size and the proximity to Earth. Large satellites are usually sent into higher orbit. Low orbit satellites are usually smaller.

Starlink satellites also have wide flat panels, which reflect light.

SpaceX is working on a “sunshade” that will reduce reflection of satellites sent in future launches.

According to astronomers, the visibility of the satellites now is less of a problem for them than it will be as the constellation grows and becomes operational.

As of now, the rocket are in a stopped circle, however throughout the following barely any months, the specialty will use on-board motors to move slighter further from the Earth and turn their sun based boards towards the Sun. That will make them less obvious to the unaided eye yet could mean they cause light contamination for stargazers attempting to take photos of the farther reaches of room.

“Space experts’ cameras are intended to take pictures of truly black out thing and brilliant light could demolish information,” clarified Dr Jonathan McDowell a stargazer at the Center for Astrophysics, an exploration community at Harvard University.

“I commend the way that [SpaceX] has truly been attempting to discover approaches to make them less brilliant,” he said.

Yet, Dr McDowell included that there is another issue with the dispatch of such huge numbers of new low circle satellites – expanded traffic.

The developing number of low circle make builds the chance of accidents between objects which could harm machines or send materials falling back to earth.

SpaceX dispatches have proceeded regardless of Covid-19 lockdown over the United States, where SpaceX is based.

Wednesday’s dispatch from Cape Canaveral, Florida was the fourth for Starlink this year and the seventh time it has sent an enormous cluster of the shuttle into space.

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