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    SpaceX Starlink Satellites

    I was out in my back yard around 5:30 this morning and saw a very bizarre sight in the sky... Turns out it was 60 SpaceX Satellites flying over..

    See the video in this link


    https://www.space.com/see-spacex-sta...night-sky.html


    I had no clue what it was at the time.....They were slightly more spread out than the video... I wonder if they will pass again tomorrow?

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    Back in 1998, we worked on the test platform for the Iridium system. Highly innovative at the time, but ultimately too expensive and the system never got fully utilized. I believe the ownership transferred to the US govt. and was used for military based sat phones.

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    There are plenty of satellite tracker websites that you can use to determine when/where the Starlink birds and other birds will pass overhead.

    For example:

    https://www.n2yo.com/database/?name=Starlink#results

    Alternately, you can get a free student license for Systems Tool Kit from AGI.com, and I can walk you through how to load all of the Starlink birds into it, and how to determine when/where they will be passing overhead.
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    A great many astronomers are outraged/concerned with starlink as it basically introduces a ton of impediments and viewing pollution to our night skies. Maybe Musk will follow thru on the internet access promises to 3rd world countries or maybe not. All of this raises the question tho of how much can a single business or gov't negatively impact a historically shared resource - the night skies. A bit of credit to Musk that he at least had a dialog about this and maybe some future mitigation to prevent the light pollution - but the next business may not....so the question is still unanswered.
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    Innovation or menace?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega View Post
    A great many astronomers are outraged/concerned with starlink as it basically introduces a ton of impediments and viewing pollution to our night skies. Maybe Musk will follow thru on the internet access promises to 3rd world countries or maybe not. All of this raises the question tho of how much can a single business or gov't negatively impact a historically shared resource - the night skies. A bit of credit to Musk that he at least had a dialog about this and maybe some future mitigation to prevent the light pollution - but the next business may not....so the question is still unanswered.
    One of the biggest problems with them is that they can autonomously change their orbits in order to re-optimize. Which, if you are a space operations planner, makes it really hard to use the traditional two line element set for any individual bird for, well, anything. Before the advent of Starlink, without maneuvers, the orbits of any satellites were more or less predictable for three-ish days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OzarkFathom View Post
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    Thanks.
    That is pathetic.
    He is the same guy that launched a junk car into orbit for a “cool” advertising stunt.
    My scope is in Missouri but I won’t be a fan I suspect.
    It is getting to where you can’t even look away anymore.
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    Reminds me of the scene from Wall-E of Earth orbit covered in dilapidated satellites.

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