Last week, SpaceX successfullylaunched 60 Starlink Internet satellites into Earth orbit, marking the beginning of an ambitious program to create a worldwide Internet. At first they were delivered to an altitude of 440 kilometers, but now they rotate around the Earth and gradually reach a 550-kilometer altitude with the help of their engines. During the flight, they formed a beautiful “train”, which was filmed by the Dutch amateur astronomer Marco Langbrook.
The astronomer knew in advance what time the apparatuswill fly over the necessary part of the sky - in this he was helped by open data on the trajectory of the satellites and their current location. To capture satellites flying at an altitude of 440 kilometers, Marco used a Watec 902H video surveillance camera and a Canon FD 50mm F1.8 lens.
According to him, at first he watched only a coupleweakly noticeable flash objects, but after a few tens of seconds, he saw an even row of satellites. In the coming nights, the resulting "train" will make 2-3 flights each, and soon the distance between them will increase and they will scatter.
SpaceX intends to launch 12,000 into the skysuch satellites, so amateur astronomers will be lucky to see such a picture many times. The next chain of Starlink satellites may already be formed very soon - in the next 12 months, the company intends to launch a thousand vehicles so that by 2020 they can provide airplanes and ships with the Internet. The fact that Starlink Internet will work in a year, said Ilon Musk himself.
Each time the functionality of the satellites will beincrease - all their possibilities can be read in our material. For example, few people know that they are already equipped with the Startracker system, which will let SpaceX know about the location of each device and control it.
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