Michael Sheetz @thesheetztweetz Space Reporter @CNBC | pitches [email protected] | DM for cell, WhatsApp, Signal, ProtonMail | formerly @DJNF @ESTribune | alumnus @TheKingsCollege Apr. 29, 2020 1 min read

SpaceX this week gave an extensive update on its Starlink satellites' design and operations.

Here's what you should know, as Elon Musk's company continues to work to mitigate the interference of Starlink on astronomy and the night sky:  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/29/elon-musks-spacex-reducing-starlink-brightness-after-astronomy-complaints.html 

SpaceX tested this DarkSat design in space, which reduced brightness by about 55%.

But the company is launching a new VisorSat design in May that it expects will be even more effective, as by "June all future Starlink satellites will have sun visors."

SpaceX continues to work with astronomers on Starlink's brightness, as the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in December noted that “the response from our community [after the first launch] was loud enough that SpaceX reached out to the AAS."  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/29/elon-musks-spacex-reducing-starlink-brightness-after-astronomy-complaints.html 

SpaceX also hinted at a “next generation” Starlink design built to take advantage of the company’s Starship rocket under development.

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said in October that Starship will be able to “take 400 satellites at a time.”

SpaceX's astronomy presentation comes as it gets closer to first Starlink internet service, writing in a letter to the FCC on Monday "that before the end of 2020 it will begin offering commercial service in the northern United States and southern Canada."  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/29/elon-musks-spacex-reducing-starlink-brightness-after-astronomy-complaints.html 

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