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

A new paper suggests that the agency broke U.S. environmental law in its approval of the satellites and that if it were to be sued in court, it would likely lose.

Trails of reflected light from dozens of recently launched Starlink satellites obscure an image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group, as captured on May 25, 2019, during a 25-second exposure by a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona. Credit: Victoria Girgis Lowell Observatory

A battle for the sky is raging, and the heavens are losing. Upcoming mega constellations of satellites, designed to blanket Earth orbit in spacecraft beaming high-speed Internet around the world, risk filling the firmament with tens of thousands of moving points of light, forever changing our view of the cosmos.

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