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    Default Starlink Satellites: communication boon or clutter in the night sky?



    I watched the launch like I watched may other SpaceX launches - cheering them on wholeheartedly.

    Now I've seen this: https://vimeo.com/338361997

    I'm wondering just how much clutter in the sky this is going to bring.
    60 satellites aren't bad once they get spaced out, but what will it be like with thousands up there!?
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    Default Re: Starlink Satellites: communication boon or clutter in the night sky?

    We will be viewing more and more of these as we observe now.
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    Default Re: Starlink Satellites: communication boon or clutter in the night sky?

    starlink is an absolute disaster. i don't know what spacex thinks it is doing. to me the whole thing ugly and evil

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    Default Re: Starlink Satellites: communication boon or clutter in the night sky?

    It's a crazy idea. A better one I read about some years back was to make drones that would fly above the cloud line. It would be better than starlink because the lag would be less. Drones can returned for service and upgrades etc.

 

 

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