ELON Musk’s Starlink satellites have faced criticism recently for disrupting the view of the night sky.
The billionaire SpaceX CEO is now proposing orbital observatories that could help astronomers continue their work uninterrupted.
According to CNET, Musk suggested the idea to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
He reportedly proposed that research agencies could partner up with SpaceX to put orbital observatories higher than the Starlink satellites currently in Earth’s orbit.
Detached from the current situation, Musk’s suggestion sounds like a cool, aspirational project for scientists to get behind.
“I’m very excited about a future of space-based telescopes that could be very large,” Musk told the committee.
He added that the fix was “quite simple” and “we’ll feel a bit silly in hindsight.”
Starlink is a project that intends to put over 12,000 satellites into the Earth’s orbit so they can provide cheap WiFi to the entire world.
Billionaire Musk has also asked for permission to put another 30,000 up there.
Currently, the plan is reportedly to provide partial coverage to the US and Canada this year.
Then global coverage may become available in 2021.
The first 60 Starlink satellites were put into orbit in May 2019 and received criticism for being spotted in the night sky looking very bright and visible.
Many people have since spotted the satellites in the night sky and were shocked by how bright there are.
When spotted flying above the Netherlands last year, a Dutch UFO website was inundated with more than 150 reports from people thinking that they were looking at UFOs.
Presently, Musk’s plan to minimize his satellites’ interference on scientific research and other forms of stargazing is to equip them with sunshades to make them less reflective and appear dimmer from the ground.
“We will take further steps as needed,” Musk told the committee, according to CNET. He seemed to suggest their concern was unjustified, adding “we’ll feel a bit silly in hindsight.”