SpaceX described the recent upgrades of Starlink 2.0 satellites. According to the company's representatives, they would reduce interference with the world's astronomical community.
From now on, satellites will reflect sunlight as they rotate around the Earth, and if they are effective, they will make satellites "invisible naked eye when they are at standard working altitude".
SpaceX has developed a special mirror film for Starlink 2.0 satellites. It will reduce the brightness of reflection by a factor of ten.
The company also states that it will use darker materials to make the surface less reflective. For Starlink 2.0, it will use low reflective black paint for components that cannot be covered with mirror film.
Starlink satellites had previously had a negative impact on the world astronomical community, as IE's recent interview with Samantha Lawler, an astronomer from Regina University in Canada, had shown that scientists had to deal with science less and much more difficult.
"The same amount of research costs taxpayers more because of the actions of a private company," said Lawler, who conducted the study.
SpaceX has now released a public document explaining how it plans to reduce the impact of Internet satellites on the astronomical community. New measures are particularly important in view of the recent announcement by the Director-General of SpaceX, Ilon Mask. Within 18 months, the company will launch more than 4,200 Starlink satellites, representing two thirds of all active satellites. Currently, approximately 2,300 satellites are in orbit, and SpaceX has the authorization to launch another 30,000.
The Center for the Protection of the Sky from Interference of Satellite Satellites of the International Astronomical Union, organized to combat Starlink and other mega-stars, approved the upgrade.