Agreed, sent a note to Starlink team last week specifically regarding albedo reduction. We’ll get a better sense of value of this when satellites have raised orbits & arrays are tracking to sun.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019
There are already 4900 satellites in orbit, which people notice ~0% of the time. Starlink won’t be seen by anyone unless looking very carefully & will have ~0% impact on advancements in astronomy. We need to move telelscopes to orbit anyway. Atmospheric attenuation is terrible. pic.twitter.com/OuWYfNmw0D— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019
I know people are excited about those images of the train of SpaceX Starlink satellites, but it gives me pause.— Alex Parker (@Alex_Parker) May 25, 2019
They’re bright, and there are going to be a lot of them.
If SpaceX launches all 12,000, they will outnumber stars visible to the naked eye.
Exactly, potentially helping billions of economically disadvantaged people is the greater good. That said, we’ll make sure Starlink has no material effect on discoveries in astronomy. We care a great deal about science.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019
If we need to tweak sat orientation to minimize solar reflection during critical astronomical experiments, that’s easily done. Most orbital objects are close to Earth btw, as shown by this NASA density map. https://t.co/83MwIZAEP6 pic.twitter.com/NllMXregRg— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019
Yes, already planned. We avoid use of certain lower Ku frequencies specifically for radio astronomy.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019
But if you can throw up a few Starlink-chassis space telescopes, I'm sure that'll smooth things over with the astro community. Especially since they'd be able to return the data quickly via... Starlink.— Fraser Cain (@fcain) May 27, 2019
Would love to do exactly that— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 27, 2019