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Satellites: Elon Musk plans to send 30,000 into orbit

"Danger of clogging from space junk"

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX has the goal to put 30,000 Starlink satellites into orbit to allow internet access to the entire world. The project included 12,000 satellites, but the entrepreneur intends to nearly triple the amount of broadband platforms in Space. It may take about seven years to get the authorizations that will allow the launch of the satellites. In addition to allowing internet access, they will also be used for military, scientific and exploratory purposes.

Several criticisms of the project: the first 60 Starlink satellites were put into orbit in May and could be easily identified in the sky, but the worries concern above all the danger of clogging the Earth's orbit of "Space junk" (see AVIONEWS).

Last month, ESA (European Space Agency) carried out a maneuver to prevent a collision between its satellites and those of the American giant (see AVIONEWS).

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency