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Why SpaceX And Amazon Are Launching 42,000+ Satellites

Why SpaceX And Amazon Are Launching 42,000+ Satellites

Dec 16, 2019

Since the start of the space age, more than 8,800 objects have been launched into orbit, according to estimates from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. But in a few years, that number could increase significantly. Private companies plan to launch thousands of satellites to beam internet to customers on Earth. SpaceX alone has announced plans to launch 42,000 satellites. If this happens, SpaceX will be responsible for about a fivefold increase in the number of spacecraft launched by all of humanity.

Starlink satellites train seen from earth - SpaceX

Apr 19, 2020

Amazed sky-gazers saw Elon Musk's Starlink satellites pass over Europe tonight. 

PUBLISHED: 21:05 EDT, 19 April 2020 | UPDATED: 21:05 EDT, 19 April 2020

Starlink is the informal name for Musk's Space X's project. It plans to create a constellation of thousands of low-orbit small satellites to improve internet service.   

The video shows a line of the satellites trailing through the sky and many have expressed their amazement on Twitter.

TWEET 2/22/2018

First two Starlink demo satellites, called Tintin A & B, deployed and communicating to Earth stations

7:56 AM - 22 Feb 2018

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