Stop That Pigeon & Is This The Death of Satellite Observing

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Stop That Pigeon & Is This The Death of Satellite Observing

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I suspect most people reading this will be aware of the dramatic increase in the number of satellites that are either currently in orbit, or are planned. This BBC News article is quite an interesting read for a number of reasons. Perhaps, as amateur astronomers we should all start to become pigeon fanciers. It also seems that, like any resource, there's a finite aspect to it, in that as fast as Mr Musk's new beta broadband is, the speeds will drop when more users come on board. There will also be a limit per geographical area. I was slightly surprised by this, given the volume of satellites that will comprise his network.

One other thing that struck me, and I know we have at least one satellite observing expert on here (stella), and that is what effect is this having, and will continue to have, on the network of highly skilled satellite observers? How difficult will it be to separate the "wheat from the chaff", in terms of those objects of interest and those that are not, or is this simply the "gold rush" period for satellite observers?

Best wishes, Jeff.
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Hi, thank you for the post and the link.

1. Starlink rush should be differentiated from other launch increases. As it has the purpose of wide coverage roll out. And there is no other way than to launch lots. Also the data rates decrease mentioned is inevitable and meaningful. This means that the data is delivered to where it is really needed.
That is the fact, Starlink is pushing the events and causes.
2. Particular scientific and environment surveillance purposes are important. NASA and ESA together emphasise it in partnership. Private companies perform effective launches. British satellites by Skyrora (https://www.skyrora.com/blog/tag/uk-satellites) company are a good example.
3. Yes, even large astronomy observation programs already raise strong complaints, which must imply launch control restrictions increase. And an amateur will suffer more, which means go to more sophisticated approaches to distinguish "wheat from the chaff".
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Please note that the company is "Skyrora" and not "Skyora".
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stella wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 7:11 pm Please note that the company is "Skyrora" and not "Skyora".
Thank you!
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