One of the goals of the American space company SpaceX is to provide people with cheap and high speed satellite Internet Starlink. To this end the company is going to launch into space a total of 12 000 compact satellites. A month ago, SpaceX launched into orbit 60 of the first spacecraft of the future satellite constellations. According to the latest information, communication is only supported with 57 satellites. Three satellites Starlink is broken.
Of the 60 running of the apparatus 45 has reached the planned orbit (altitude of 550 kilometers above the Earth’s surface) forces of their own engines. Five satellites are currently in the process of reaching the desired orbit, and another five tested on-Board systems. Two satellites SpaceX specially burned in the planet’s atmosphere. They were fully operational. The company thus decided to check the intentional process of withdrawal of vehicles from orbit and destruction in the dense layers of Earth’s atmosphere.
New space junk
As for those three “lost” — SpaceX reasons not yet called. Apparently, are not yet understood. However, this fact may cause concern among scientists and the military because it increases the risk of additional space debris. Why is it such a big problem? The loss of communication with the apparatus means that the company will not be able to manage them, to put it in the Earth’s atmosphere where they burn up. However, SpaceX say their satellites are designed given that in any case they will be able to descend into the atmosphere, only it will take time.
Why the need for Starlink?
60 satellites that were launched into orbit by a rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX
SpaceX received permission for withdrawal of a total of 11 927 satellites. They will be at a relatively low altitude above the planet’s surface. The idea is that with the help of satellites to provide people with access to the Internet in those places where the laying of cable networks seems impossible.
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In the nearest plans of SpaceX – checking of already running machines. In particular, the company wants to see if they have a big delay when transmitting information. For this Starlink satellites will be used for streaming games and high definition video.
According to the head of SpaceX Elon musk, the company will continue to output the companions of 60 pieces in one space launch. In the prospect – start 1000-2000 units per year. According to estimates, in this case, the withdrawal of all scheduled vehicles Starlink satellite network will need 24 space launch.
Astronomers satellites against Starlink
Recall that the start of the project, SpaceX to launch a global satellite Internet has caused a real war between supporters of the project and its opponents. The latter were made by scientists and enthusiasts involved in space exploration. They fear that vehicles Starlink will be a real problem for ground-based optical and radio astronomy observations. If you want to know more then you here.
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