It turns out that Wellington CBD and Mount Victoria close to where I live is prime viewing for the Tesla Starlink Satellites as they cruise through the sky after dark.
Blink and you’ll miss it though. It’s all over in about 2 minutes. They rocket past in a straight line and look alien-like and unmistakably different from the rest of the night sky as they rocket past.
Track Starlink and other satellites from your place
Know what time to duck out of your house for a look at the sky using this app by James Darpinian.
Prime viewing of Skylink from our area
What is Starlink?
Low cost ($30 USD per month) global broadband that is a available everywhere, planet-wide and not relating to a particular ISP in a particular country. The internet will be triangulated through the satellites located all over the earth at comparitively low orbit (in comparison to existing GPS satellites). Internet speed will be similar to what you get on cable or ADSL with speeds of around 1GB per second. So it’s not as good as fibre, but it’s good enough to stream video at low quality, answer emails, etc. It will deliver internet for the first time to the most remote places on earth, including over all of the oceans.
Distance from earth: A low earth orbit of 335.9 to 1,325km above the surface of the Earth. The current batch of Starlink Satellites visible from Wellington are 550km above the earth.
Cost: Approximately $10bn USD for the whole project.
Number: 11,927 satellites (300 deployed so far)
Weight: Each satellite weighs approximately 266kg.
Able to autonomously avoid collision by using data from the US Department of Defence.
Concerns: Only 2,000 satellites are currently in orbit and only 9,000 have ever been launched into the sky. Therefore, having almost 12,000 satellites up there at once does bother people. Astronomers and night photographers are bemoaning the likelihood of space junk obscuring the stars and night sky.
Revenue: Global internet subscriptions to Starlink are estimated to earn $3 trillion, which is going to be used to fund the Mars colonisation mission.