Elon Musk Should Not Be In Charge of the Night Sky

February 04, 2023

But in the process, we shouldn’t forget what else he’s up to, especially as one of his endeavors threatens to alter our relationship to the night sky itself: Starlink. When the first few Starlink satellites were launched, it was a novelty to spot them, but that quickly changed as their numbers multiplied into the hundreds and thousands. Consider Musk’s recent gambit to use Starlink’s Ukraine service as a bargaining chip. When we consider the consequences, the night sky is ultimately just the tip of the iceberg. Luckily, those are problems we can address with regulation, but that’s much harder with Starlink and the satellite race Musk has kicked off.