London — When Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its first 60 StarLink satellites from Cape Canaveral in Florida in May, it triggered dozens of sightings of unidentified flying objects. Musk took to Twitter to defend the project from accusations that SpaceX was creating “space debris” that could hamper astronomy.

“There are already 4,900 satellites in orbit, which people notice about 0% of the time,” the Tesla billionaire complained. “Starlink won’t be seen by anyone unless looking very carefully & will have about 0% impact on advancements in astronomy.”

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.