Can Satellite Mega-Constellations Justify Their Impact On Astronomy?

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Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Sai Charan Petchetti

Near-earth space is being increasingly commercialised by private space companies. This has many consequences for science, particularly, astronomy. Some estimates show that more than 100,000 satellites may orbit the Earth by 2030. Satellite mega-constellations for satellite Internet connectivity are one of the main drivers behind the explosion in the number of satellites. Here, we note whether such satellite mega-constellations can justify their impact on astronomy.

Comments: 2 pages. Refereed and accepted for publication in Observatory

Subjects: Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

DOI: 10.33774/coe-2021-82vgx

Cite as: arXiv:2111.04592 [physics.soc-ph] (or arXiv:2111.04592v1 [physics.soc-ph] for this version)

Submission history

From: Sai Charan Petchetti 

[v1] Mon, 8 Nov 2021 15:56:41 UTC (94 KB)

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