SPACEX SATELLITES POSE NEW HEADACHE FOR ASTRONOMERS
30, May 2019
Prelims level : Science and Tech Mains level : GS-III Technology, Economic Development and Environment
Why in News:
- An astronomer in the Netherlands captured footage of a train of brightly-lit SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky this weekend, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe.
What is SpaceX?
- SpaceX is a space technologies company founded by South African tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
- Founded in 2003, SpaceX has quickly grown to become a pioneer in the development of reusable space rockets.
- The company designs and manufactures rockets that sends satellites into orbit around Earth
– and one day it hopes to send people into space.
- SpaceX is the only private company ever to bring back a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. This feat was first accomplished in December 2010.