If they help billions of people in remote locations inexpensively access the internet, it’s a price I’d be willing to pay.
— Fraser Cain (@fcain) May 27, 2019
SpaceX’s 60 Starlink satellites caused a global sensation over the weekend by shining very brightly in the night sky. However, one group was less than thrilled: astronomers, who worried that Elon Musk’s plan to launch nearly 12,000 satellites to provide global broadband services could interfere with their work.
Musk responded by saying he had instructed the Starlink team to reduce the reflectivity on future satellites. And he also promoted the benefits the Starlink system would bring to those around the world without Internet access.
Agreed, sent a note to Starlink team last week specifically regarding albedo reduction. We’ll get a better sense of value of this when satellites have raised orbits & arrays are tracking to sun.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019