Most of the remote areas of the world suffer from the interruption of the internet networks and the lack of a suitable service, which makes them cut off from the rest of the world. Therefore, Space X has planned to provide free (or almost free) internet for most places, especially remote locations, through the Starlink project.
For those who do not know Space X, it is an American space company established in 2002. This company is the first private company to succeed in launching a spacecraft and returning it from Earth’s orbit. The company was founded by Elon musk, hoping this company would revolutionize the aerospace industry.
Starlink is the name of the satellite network that Space X is seeking to provide the Internet with. While SpaceX aims to have 12,000 satellites in the so-called mega constellation project, spacemen and astronomers and space watchers fear that the light of all of these satellites that will swim in space affects the vision and follow of astronomy and sky.
Starlink Project Initial Plan
The Space X satellite internet proposal was announced in January 2015, as it was not named at the time, though, Elon Musk, the project’s executive director, said the company provided documentation to international regulators to provide 4,000 satellites and put them in the low Earth orbit.
Space X launched the first two test vehicles of the Starlink project in 2018, the names of these two vehicles were TinTinA and TinTinB. According to the preliminary data, the company asked the project organizers to make their ships operate at a lower altitude than planned.
The first 60 satellites in the Starlink project were launched on May 23, 2019, on the back of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. The satellites successfully reached their practical altitude (360 miles from the horizon), which is a low altitude Enough to be expelled from the ground in the event of their death.
How the Starlink Project moons work
The size of one satellite in the Starlink project is 227 kilograms, which is similar to the size of the table. Instead of transmitting Internet signals through electrical cables, the Internet in satellites will work by concentrating radioactive information in the vacuum of space, which will make it reach 47% faster than optical fiber cables.
The cost and profits of the Starlink project
Space X said that the Starlink project will provide internet at low prices to a large number of people without internet, as well as people who suffer from their internet service. Elon Musk also said that the project will bring them an estimated return of 30 billion dollars annually, which will be an effective fuel to move the rest of the company’s ambitious projects.
There is no clear and reliable figure on the cost of the Starlink project, but the project is expected to cost 10 billion to be developed. Space X appears financial safe, but there is no firm information on how the situation is going there.
What satellites encountered
Three satellites – out of the 60 who were recently launched – have lost contact with the Earth’s control team, and will be ejected from their orbit by pushing gravity and air clouds to them, until they are burned into the atmosphere.
The CEO of the company stated that there is a possibility for some satellites not to work, but may not all of them work, but they do their best for the process to succeed. An official source said that 45 satellites had successfully reached their required height, and five others had started to turn.
One of the steps that counts for the success of the project, that the CEO of Elon Musk said last October that he is browsing the social networking site Twitter through the Internet of the Starlink project, and the company requests the permission of the Federal Communications Commission, in order to establish an additional 30,000 satellites on the 12,000 that have been completed. They are already approved.
The concerns of astronauts and astronomers
This advanced step in the Starlink project that we talked about in the previous paragraph, has caused concern in the hearts of the astronauts and their fans, as James Lowenthal (one of the astronauts at Smith University) demonstrated his fear about this, explaining his fear that these satellites with large dimensions will Significant change in the shape of the sky, and it will definitely affect the ability to detect space objects, which will affect their passion and love for astronomy.
In order not to arouse the controversy on this point by mentioning the word fear, the fear of the astronauts revolves around the disruption of space particles and the possibility of observing the astronomy and its components due to the presence of large quantities of satellites in space similar to the stars, so there will be stars that fill the sky whenever they look.