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Kiwi astronomers among those worried by Elon Musk's plan to launch thousands of satellites

14 February 2020

Night sky full of stars above mountains and reflected in a lake

Elon Musk's Starlink project includes plans to launch up to 42 000 satellites to provide high speed internet access. Night sky observation programmes affected would include those looking for objects that could potentially pose a hazard to the Earth.

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An article in the Connected series covers this topic:
"Defending the Dark", Connected, Level 4 – Seeing Beyond, November 2019

The students in the following teaching snapshot explored light pollution as part of their project:
Astronomy and e-textiles

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to identify where technology has changed people’s sensory perception and/or physical abilities and discuss the potential short and long term impacts of these 4
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to  discuss the implications of viewing fitness for purpose in its broadest sense on the design and development of technological outcomes 8

Image courtesy of Phil Botha on Unsplash.

Keywords: characteristics of technological outcomes, space, materials

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