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Project Starlink’s satellites surprise watchers of the night sky

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 18 feb 2020, 9:29 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 8 sept 2020, 4:58 ]
“After 22:00 hours last night, in part of the national territory it was possible to observe a train of lights that flew particularly in the Southern skies. Those were originated by Project Starlink 5’s satellites, launched from Cape Canaveral last Monday,” said the Director of the Civil Aeronautics General Administration’s Committe for Studies on Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, Hugo Camus.
A Falcon 9 rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the United States of America, to put in orbit Starlink project's satellites.

Source: SpaceX.
The observation of those lights is due to the orbital trajectory of SpaceX’s satellite constellation, whose goal is to have around 12,000 of them fully operational in 2024.

The idea of that space enterprise is to offer an Internet worldwide coverage at a low cost even in the most isolated places of the planet.

Until now, 300 of those devices have been put into orbit in operations that began on May 23, 2018, on the coast of Florida, in the United States of America.
In each launch, the Falcon 9 rocket, developed by SpaceX, has put into orbit a total of 60 satellites folded and protected inside a special alloy’s cylinder that opens once the desired altitude is reached to release its precious cargo.

CEFAA monitors the passing of those satellites around the clock from its Operations Center in the neighborhood of Los Cerrillos, in Santiago.

According to information released by SpaceX, Chilean citizens will be able to watch the orbital flight of this train of lights during the nights of the next five days –until February 23, 2020 – from different places in the country for two to four minutes.

Each satellite weights around 260 kilograms, orbits the planet at about 500 kilometers of altitude and would provide a broadband Internet service with a global coverage.