During an era when SpaceX is lifting tons of satellites into orbit, European astronomers want to prove that they can also do similar things. Elon Musk’s space agency aims to appoint at least 12,000 satellites for revolving around the Earth in order to provide internet access for remote regions.
However, an Italian Vega rocket vaulted into orbit from French Guiana recently and deployed 53 small satellites.
700,000 pounds of thrust
Giulio Ranzo, the CEO of Avio, declares:
For Europe, it’s the very first time we’ve arranged a so-called rideshare mission,
We’re very happy for this to open up the new market for small satellites for Europe.
Watch replays of tonight’s Vega launch showing rocket darting into the night sky over French Guiana with nearly 700,000 pounds of thrust.
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Stéphane Israël, who is Arianespace’s CEO, speaks about the huge importance of the satellites:
These satellites will serve a variety of different applications, including Earth observation, the battle against climate change, telecommunications, the Internet of Things, science, as well as education. With this shared launch, space becomes accessible to everyone, including research labs, universities and startups.
This launch included satellites belonging to Kepler, Planet, Swarm Technologies, and more.
Could the satellites hamper astronomical observations?
Due to so many satellites released into orbit in recent years, experts have manifested their concern that the night sky will become too crowded for the telescopes to do their job at maximum capacity. There’s a good chance that SpaceX will even expand the number of satellites to 40,000 units.
The recent Satellite Constellations 1 (SATCON1) workshop was the one leading to a new report called “Impact of Satellite Constellations on Optical Astronomy and Recommendations Toward Mitigations.” The report said firmly that certain changes are needed at both ends: constellation operators and observatories.
However, Elon Musk, the well-known CEO of SpaceX, brings us some good news by saying that he’s “confident that we will not cause any impact whatsoever in astronomical discoveries.”
The launch of the Vega rocket set a new record for the most satellites that were ever flown on a European rocket.
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