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'Limited time' to fix brightness issue with SpaceX
SpaceX says it will work constructively with the scientific community to fix the brightness of its satellites. SpaceX has already released 180 satellites into orbit with many more to follow. Astronomers fear that they will interfere with telescope observations, as pictures of the night sky with long streaks across the field of view have become a common complaint. SpaceX is actively looking for ways to fix this problem, by making their platforms less intrusive, using a new coating that will hopefully reduce reflectivity. Other companies are planning to do the same and roll out a giant network of satellites. I remember reading another article that someone posted on here, also discussing SpaceX's satellites. SpaceX had assured that their satellites would not be an issue, yet that has not turned out to be the case. I wonder that now if other companies continue or start doing this, that our solar system will just be full of satellites, and may affect other aspects of discovering space. I understand that satellites are a big part of our everyday life, and help with communication as advanced technology, yet I wonder how many do we really need? How many is too many?

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'Limited time' to fix brightness issue with SpaceX - by Alessandra Figliuzzi - 01-10-2020, 01:47 AM

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