Observations of a giant test satellite launched in September have raised concerns about the impact the planned fleet could have on astronomy
November 25, 2022
A test satellite for a future space-to-ground mobile phone network is brighter than 99.8 percent of the stars visible to the naked eye. If the planned constellation of 100 additional satellites is as bright or brighter, astronomers fear it could seriously impact ground-based astronomy.
In September, Texas company AST SpaceMobile Introducing BlueWalker 3 Satellite tests send cellular connections to mobile phones directly from space.
But astronomers worry about testing…