The FCC’s Approval of SpaceX’s Starlink Mega Constellation May Have Been Unlawful

Scientific American | Jan 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM
  • A battle for the sky is raging, and the heavens are losing.
  • SpaceX alone has been licensed by the FCC to launch 12,000 satellites in its Starlink constellation in the coming years, dwarfing the current number of approximately 1,500 active satellites in orbit—and the company has plans for 30,000 more.
  • For astronomers and members of the general public concerned about mega constellations, however, Ryan’s paper may provide a glimmer of hope.