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SpaceX takes 'prerequisite' step for Starlink Aussie approval

Low-orbit satellites could compete with the NBN. Then again, they could become part of it.

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Unfortunately, plans like these will ultimately see humanity stuck on this planet due to the amount of space junk ‘up there’. 30,000 satellites from just the single company - then add its competitors. The odds of collision go up enormously, and the junk produced from such collisions can kill pretty much anything that crosses its path.

I heard something the other week about a US satellite that was predicted to potentially cross orbits with one of these private ones - the US asked the company to please ‘move a little so we don’t collide’, and the private company said ‘it’s okay, we don’t predict a collision’. End result? A rather large and expensive satellite has to burn some incredibly valuable fuel to make sure there is no collision.

There is a bunch of space cowboys at the moment, seeing the unregulated prairies of the sky and riding roughshod over anyone who might get in their way.

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