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posted by janrinok on Sunday June 02 2019, @06:49PM   Printer-friendly
from the loud-and-clear'ish dept.

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Most of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites are already on track

The first batch of 60 Starlink internet satellites has been orbiting Earth for about a week, and now SpaceX has released a status update on the mission. According to a spokesperson, "all 60 satellites have deployed their solar arrays successfully, generated positive power and communicated with our ground stations."

The statement didn't directly mention concerns by astronomers about their brightness and visibility, but Elon Musk already has, and they aren't expected to reach their full altitude for three to four weeks. According to SpaceX, "observability of the Starlink satellites is dramatically reduced as they raise orbit to greater distance and orient themselves with the phased array antennas toward Earth and their solar arrays behind the body of the satellite."

Parabolic Arc notes that during a speech at MIT this week, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell mentioned four of the units had unspecified problems, while today's update said "most" are using their Hall thrusters to reach operational altitude and have already made contact with their broadband antennas, but all of them have maneuvering capability to avoid each other and other objects.

Previously: SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites


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  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 02 2019, @08:09PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 02 2019, @08:09PM (#850648)

    SpaceX hired engineers who were allowed to use calculators on their maths exam.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Sunday June 02 2019, @09:00PM

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Sunday June 02 2019, @09:00PM (#850661) Journal

    Seems to have paid off. They must have been the ones writing OSes for the Ti calculators.

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