Thursday, December 03, 2020

Mappng Elon Musk's Starlink Network

Elon Musk's space transportation company SpaceX is in the process of creating a constellation of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit. This constellation is called Starlink. The small satellites in Starlink will be used for a range of military, scientific and exploratory purposes.

SpaceX has already launched hundreds of these small satellites into space. You can explore all of these satellites for yourself on the Live Starlink Satellite Map. The map consists of a 3D globe of the Earth which shows the real-time location in space of all the Starlink satellites. If you zoom in on the 3D globe you can see these satellite moving in real-time as they move on their orbits. 

A menu of all the Starlink satellites allows you to find any individual satellite on the map by name. You can also use the 'Settings' menu to filter the satellites shown on the map by individual SpaceX launches. The settings menu also allows you to switch between the 3D globe view and a 2D Mercator map projection.

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