Have you seen them? Eton Musk’s internet satellites light up the skies of NJ, Pennsylvania
It was around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday night when around 20 people enjoying a children’s birthday party in Bergen County were coldly arrested.
“Aliens!” a youngster shouted as people gathered at Dumont’s birthday party watched a line of twinkling lights move across the sky.
“Do you know those planes that tow commercials down the Jersey Shore? They moved through the air like that,” a father said. “Only there was no plane.”
It wasn’t Santa Claus on the run or some little “X Files” storyline that created the aerial excitement in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas.
The culprit was SpaceX, a growing network of orbiting satellites launched by billionaire entrepreneur Eton Musk that aims to sell internet connections to almost anyone on the planet.
The Starlink “constellation” provides low-latency broadband service around the world, according to SpaceX, which has launched more than 100 Starlink satellites since mid-November.
Small, mass-produced satellites fly in low earth orbit and communicate with transceivers on the ground.
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Development of the network began in 2015. The first prototype satellites were put into orbit in 2018.
Nearly $ 885.5 million in FCC grants have kicked off the program in the past: SpaceX says it has launched more than 2,000 satellites this year, with many more to follow.
The most recent launch was on Thursday, when a landable and relaunchable Falcon 9 rocket carried 48 satellites and two micro-satellites skyward from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This live video from Thursday shows the launch and explains the Starlink mission:
At last count, more than 100,000 customers in 14 countries were already served by Starlink, Musk said recently.
You can track if / when satellites are visible in your area.
CLICK HERE: findstarlink.com
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