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SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation passes 400 satellites with seventh dedicated launch, Falcon 9 successfully lands on drone ship

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    gpl
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    I feel like a broken record at this point so I'll probably stop chiming in on these updates, but these internet constellations need to be much more regulated. The current regulatory framework for...

    I feel like a broken record at this point so I'll probably stop chiming in on these updates, but these internet constellations need to be much more regulated. The current regulatory framework for approving satellite launches was simply not designed for hundreds of satellites per launch, and SpaceX's applications quite easily overwhelmed that process. These satellites have good benefits - if they work and are affordable for the people who would most benefit, which I am skeptical of - but they are also polluting the sky in a way that has not happened before. I am looking at this mainly from the perspective of a cosmologist and astronomer, where these are already causing real problems. This is only going to get worse as more get launched. They have the very real potential to completely disrupt the work of large publicly funded collaborations, for the benefit and profit of one private company. There needs to be better oversight and consideration of this.

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    1. Deimos
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      The FCC passed some new rules today, but they seem to be mainly concerned with debris/collisions and probably won't affect a lot of the concerns you mentioned.

      The FCC passed some new rules today, but they seem to be mainly concerned with debris/collisions and probably won't affect a lot of the concerns you mentioned.

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    sqew
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    Watched the launch yesterday, always a fun time. After the recent landing failures, I was on the edge of my seat for the landing burn. Almost looked like it was going to tip for a few seconds......

    Watched the launch yesterday, always a fun time. After the recent landing failures, I was on the edge of my seat for the landing burn. Almost looked like it was going to tip for a few seconds... but then it turned out fine.

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      sqew
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      Also, in response to this: Elon said on Twitter that there'll be a private beta in about 3 months followed by a public beta in about 6. Higher latitudes only.

      Also, in response to this:

      SpaceX did not respond to SpaceNews inquiries April 13 and April 20 about when it will start service.

      Elon said on Twitter that there'll be a private beta in about 3 months followed by a public beta in about 6. Higher latitudes only.

      4 votes
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        emdash
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        Hmm, where have we heard that before? 🧐

        a private beta in about 3 months followed by a public beta in about 6.

        Hmm, where have we heard that before? 🧐

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        1. sqew
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          Haha, I don't follow Tesla closely enough to know what to make of that. Have the FSD features noticeable departed from Enhanced Autopilot? Funny either way.

          Haha, I don't follow Tesla closely enough to know what to make of that. Have the FSD features noticeable departed from Enhanced Autopilot? Funny either way.