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SpaceX set to launch next batch of Starlink satellites from Space Coast


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CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR ASTRONOMERS. DAVE: LAUNCH OF THE ROCKET WAS FOLLOWED BY A GLOBAL SPECTACLE, A STRING OF LIGHTS IN THE SKY, VISIBLE FROM THE GROUND. >> IT WAS AN AMAZING SIGHT BECAUSE I NEVER HAD SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. MY DAUGHTER SAID, IS IT BILLIONS? IT IS NOT. DAVE: IT HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE BECAUSE NO ROCKET HAD EVER LAUNCHED 60 SATELLITES AT A TIME BEFORE. THE BRIGHT DOTS ARE STARLINK SATELLITES. AND SPACEX ISN’T DONE. IT’LL KEEP LAUNCHING 60 AT A TIME UNTIL AS MANY AS 12,000 OF THESE SATELLITES FILL THE SKY, BEAMING PROFIT-MAKING INTERNET ACCESS TO THE GROUND. >> BECAUSE THE OBJECTS ARE SHINY AND THEY REFLECT THE LIGHT FROM THE SUN, THEY APPEAR TO BE BRIGHT ON THE NIGHT SKY. DAN: ASTRONOMERS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS THAT THE SATELLITES COULD INTERFERE WITH THEIR WORK, POLLUTING THE SKY WITH THOSE BRIGHT DOTS. REFLECTED SUNLIGHT IS POWERFUL, BUT A COATING ON THE REFLECTIVE SURFACE CUTS DOWN THE BRIGHTNESS. SPACEX USED A COATING ON ONE SATELLITE OUT OF 120 LAUNCHED LAST MONTH. >> THIS IS PART OF AN EFFORT TO MINIMIZE REFLECTIONS FROM THE SATELLITES THAT MAY BE DISTRACTING TO SOME ASTRONOMERS DURING THEIR OBSERVATIONS OF THE NIGHT SK DAN: IF THE COATING WORKS, FUTURE SATELLITES WILL GET THE SAME TREATMENT, CUTTING DOWN ON THE SPECTACULAR GLARE. MEANWHILE, DR. DAN BATCHELDOR, AN ASTRONOMER HIMSELF, SAYS THE BRIGHT DOTS ARE REALLY JUST A MINOR INCONVENIENCE. THE SHOW THEY PUT ON MAY BE WORT

SpaceX set to launch next batch of Starlink satellites from Space Coast

SpaceX will attempt Monday to launch a batch of Starlink satellites from the Space Coast. Related video above: Astronomers fear SpaceX satellites will ruin the sky as we know itThis was originally supposed to happen Saturday, and then Sunday, but was pushed back because of the weather.If all goes well – the Falcon 9 rocket will launch at 10:05 a.m. The company blamed “poor weather in the recovery area” for the delay.The mission will launch SpaceX’s fifth batch of Starlink broadband satellites.SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to put thousands of these Starlink satellites in orbit, to offer high-speed internet service everywhere. He plans to start service this year in the northern U.S. and Canada.

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SpaceX will attempt Monday to launch a batch of Starlink satellites from the Space Coast.

Related video above: Astronomers fear SpaceX satellites will ruin the sky as we know it

This was originally supposed to happen Saturday, and then Sunday, but was pushed back because of the weather.

If all goes well – the Falcon 9 rocket will launch at 10:05 a.m.

The company blamed “poor weather in the recovery area” for the delay.

The mission will launch SpaceX’s fifth batch of Starlink broadband satellites.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to put thousands of these Starlink satellites in orbit, to offer high-speed internet service everywhere. He plans to start service this year in the n

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