Emre S., journalist
As SpaceX launches its 4th Starlink mission on December the 14th. You may be wondering what is this for? What will this bring to our world? Starlink plans to make a satellite constellation by 2021. This will help us spread 5G around the world, even on deserted islands! It will bring a faster connection speed across the globe faster than regular satellites.
Currently, there is 182 satellite in space orbiting around the earth. Elon Musk plans to launch 60 satellites every Starlink launch. If Starlink is completed, we may have 5G connection speed all around the world. The satellites are 220-to-1,100 Ib in weight. Because the spacecraft is small, it is easier to manufacture in significant amounts, so the cost goes down, plus the reusability of the Falcon 9 makes it very cheap to produce and launch the satellites.
There is a controversial event that surrounds Starlink that, on September 2. 2019, a Starlink satellite almost crashed into a weather satellite. Because of this Starlink got a lot of criticism about the orbit pollution people think that it’s going to cause orbit pollution. And could come back years later by entering the atmosphere or making it a hazard for future missions.