Launched a few years ago by SpaceX company, Starlink is a project that aims to put into orbit a constellation of numerous satellites that will connect the entire earth to the Internet, even in the most remote areas. While the company has sent numerous devices into space since the initiative began, it hopes to send more than 42,000 satellites. Suffice it to say that Elon Musk’s project is particularly ambitious given that the company is currently ahead of its main competitors.
“It will be even more important to have a constellation like Starlink around Mars “”
If the project is dedicated to Earth, it could push the boundaries of our planet to be applied to Mars. During an interview with timeGwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, spoke on the subject. On this occasion she said: ” As soon as we get people to Mars, they need the ability to communicate. In fact, I think having a constellation like Starlink around Mars will be even more important. “.
Shotwell adds: ” We will not give up [notre projet, NDLR] on earth when we speak of developing the ability to move humanity to other planets. It’s actually about giving humanity a new chance in case there is a terrible event on earth: driving people out and saving humanity by allowing them to live on a second planet, a second earth. If it’s pessimistic, the initiative has merit in being clear.
It reflects SpaceX’s desire to set foot on Mars in the years to come. For its part, NASA hopes a human can get there by 2033, a deadline that seems difficult to meet given the various challenges the agency is facing. Musk’s business appears to have a pretty similar timeline, but it will face the same technical challenges.
It is also recalled that the Starlink project is the subject of several controversies as many astronomers believe that the satellites are too bright and this could affect their observations. The risks of space pollution are also raised by critics of the project, who fear the sky will turn into a garbage can in the years to come, knowing that waste of space can already pose a threat to the earth.