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Despite the hysteria, that was not a UFO that was seen over the Netherlands sky Saturday night. It is just the latest innovation of Elon Musk.
Astronomer and writer Marco Langbroek managed to capture an incredible image of Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellites after they were briefly deployed, where they are in a “train-like”formation.
(Credit: Marco Langbroek)
“There were no orbital elements for the objects are still not available on Space-Track, but on the basis of the orbital information (53 degrees slope, in the first instance, 440 km orbital height), I had calculated that looking for a job and was ready with my camera,” Langbroek wrote in a blog post on 25 May. Langbroek said he counted 56 satellites, although there were 60 satellites in total.
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“My search job turned out not too bad: very close in the sky to follow, and with the objects passing through, about 3 minutes early on the predictions,” he continued. “And what a SPECTACULAR view it was!”
Langbroek, who noted that the deviation caused the “rain of UFO reports,” which the press picked it up, also uploaded a video of the rare phenomena on Vimeo.
The Starlink satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral on 23 May, the first launch of the many that SpaceX and Musk hope will provide satellite broadband internet access for customers all over the world, even in remote areas.
There Is some concern that the satellites would add to the “space debris,” phenomena, but Musk has repeatedly said that they would not affect astronomy.
“There are already 4900 satellites in orbit, which people notice, ~0% of the time,” Musk wrote on Twitter in response to a question, or he is worried about the satellites to add to space debris and the pollution of the air. “Starlink is not to be seen by everyone, unless you are looking very carefully and will have ~0% impact on the developments in astronomy. We need to telelscopes to the job anyway. Atmospheric attenuation is terrible.”
He added that there is an economic advantage for the launch of the satellite service by “as possible, to help billions of economically disadvantaged people.”
SpaceX has previously said that the Starlink satellite system would achieve “significant operational capacity” as the once 800 satellites in orbit.
A new report by BroadbandNow said that the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites of Musk’s SpaceX Starlink project, and Jeff Bezos’ Project Kuiper could save American households more than $30 billion per year by the introduction of more broadband competition.
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“The advent of this emerging technology is likely to drive of the monthly internet prices for hundreds of millions of Americans,” the report said. In short, the more high-speed Internet services available in an area, the lower the price the consumer pays, on average.
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Fox News’ Brooke Crothers contributed to this report.