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The Debate over SpaceX's Starlink Satellites
Jun 5, 2019 at 12:32 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Two weeks ago, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX successfully launched a batch of 60 internet communications satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • The cluster of satellites— part of a system called Starlink— are now orbiting the Earth, and Musk has confirmed that they are online.
  • The ultimate goal of the Starlink satellite system will be to provide high-speed internet to parts of the world that currently are largely cut off from the modern digital world.
  • SpaceX hopes to launch hundreds more similar satellites by next year, and ultimately add thousands.
  • The satellite launch has caused some controversy, as some scientists worry the Starlink system will eventually interfere with observation of the night sky, or cause dangerous space debris.

Food For Thought

What are the positive and negative effects of the Starlink satellite system? Do the potential benefits outweigh the risks?

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