SpaceX is launching ‘dark satellites’ to stop its Starlink project from wreaking havoc

Among its many rocket launches and plans to colonise Mars, SpaceX has a more Earthling-focused project. Its Starlink project aims to put up to 42,000 satellites into orbit around the Earth, where they would beam down data providing internet to remote parts of the globe. SpaceX has been busily launching the satellites in chunks, flying 60 into orbit at a time. The company currently has 180 satellites in orbit and plans to launch new batches every two weeks or so for the rest of 2020.

The sudden proliferation of Starlink satellites has been met with anger by both professional and amateur astronomers, as Starlink satellites have been leaving bright streaks across astronomical images.

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