NASA sounds the alarm over 1,000 Musk internet satellites


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has expressed concern about SpaceX's plans to deploy some 30,000 Starlink satellites in Earth orbit. According to them, it will be too crowded, Reuters writes.

According to NASA, there are currently 25,000 objects being tracked in orbit – and about 6,100 at an altitude of less than 600 km.

Implementation of Musk's idea would more than double the number of tracked objects in orbit and increase the number of objects below 600 km by more than five times.

In this regard, NASA expressed concern about the potential significant increase in the number of objects in orbit and the possible implications for scientific and human spaceflight.

“We are concerned about the presence of so many satellites that interfere with astronomical observations… I think we need a little more experience with a few thousand operational satellites before we can scale it up to tens of thousands,” – said Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell.

Elon Musk's SpaceX previously received approval to use about 12,000 satellites for broadband Internet access and has requested approval for a second-generation constellation of 30,000 more satellites.< br />
Note that Elon Musk's SpaceX company lost 40 of the 49 Starlink Internet satellites launched into orbit on February 3 by a Falcon 9 rocket due to a magnetic storm.

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