« Last post by groknull on Today at 07:00 pm »
Expect the eventual fallout from all of SpaceX's experimentation with reflectivity and effects to terrestrial observation assets to result in an eventual US and then later an International set of standards for all new sats in Earth orbit. This will be a big gain for the terrestrial astronomical instruments usage. But for even more advanced observations will likely move out into space beyond most of the objects that are in the way such as placed out at Lagrange Earth-Sun 2 past the Moon's orbit and is permanently facing away from the sun. This is beyond the Lagrange Earth-Moon 2 point.Most observations can't and won't move out into space. The cost of a space based observatory is HUGE compared to an equivalent ground based one. And just for the record, launch cost has no impact on this. Free launch won't change this.
Do you have links to actual numbers I can do research on? Published reports, etc. Also interested in $/minute of actual observation time for different types and locations of terrestrial observatories. Thx.
Since this is not really Starlink specific, a PM is probably more appropriate.