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Observers confuse Starlink satellite network with “UFOs” flying

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 4 dic 2019, 5:43 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 7 oct 2020, 7:41 ]

The lights "train" in this image is actually made by satellites from Elon Musk's Starlink Project.

One of Starlink Project's satellites.

Musk and the Starlink's logo, one of the projects of his SpaceX aerospace company.
On the night of Tuesday, December 3, 2019, social media was abuzz with alleged “UFO” sightings in different places of the country.

Surprised witnesses commented and even uploaded photos and videos that showed points of light that moved quickly through the night sky and labeled them as a true light “train”.

However, they were not unidentified flying objects and even less extraterrestrial artifacts: they were actually Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellites from Project Starlink.
The planet online

But what Project Starlink is about? It’s a “satellital constellation” that SpaceX is building to provide high speed and low cost Internet access worldwide through its network of satellites. The project is about putting in orbit thousands of tiny satellites that will work with receivers on the ground.

The undertaking, announced in 2015, has a cost of near 10,000 million dollars. SpaceX launched into space the first 60 satellites of its “constellation” on May, 2019, in a 450 kilometers high orbit around the Earth.

On Monday, November 11, 2019, the company launched the second batch of 60 satellites from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to be deployed in orbit at 280 kilometers of altitude.
A fast and estable Internet

Launching its satellite network at comparatively low orbits, SpaceX pretends to provide fast and estable Internet to population groups that have low or no connectivity.

The company plans to launch 24 more missions in 2020, has authorization to launch more than 10,000 satellites with Project Starlink and some months ago asked for permission to add up to 30,000 to that amount.

So, if you see a “train” of lights flying through the night sky it’s quite probable that’s the visionary multimillionaire’s doing. If you want to track the satellites, there are websites like Heavens Above (www.heavens-above.com) that allow to see dates and places where the artificial satellites will be visible.