For real though, this is basically a bunch of white people trying to colonise the night sky. They're arguing it's internet infrastructure? A bunch of white people bringing their vision of civilisation to people in those poor countries sounds awfully familiar...
Also, random concern of mine, a bunch of tech bros have built software to keep those musky satellites flying in regular formation. They're designed so they can have their orbital position adjusted to keep them moving "in formation".
I genuinely wonder how long it's going to be until someone figures out how to make their thousands of satellites spell out COCA COLA in the night sky.
@InvaderXan only saving grace is they're all going to fall out of the sky after 5 years due to orbital decay and by then Musk will be distracted by a new shiny object.
We'll just have to worry about 12k hunks of slag hitting us out of nowhere if they don't burn up in the atmosphere. It'll be like Dead Like Me, only all over the world.
@InvaderXan I can hope. I can tolerate a lot, but stealing the night sky is war. I spent my childhood looking up and remembering all the Greek and Roman mythology my mom read to me.
The stars have always been important to me. I got my mom the Big and Little Dipper earrings for Mother's Day before ThinkGeek stopped being a thing and it's one of her favorite pieces because of the meaning it has to both of us.
If I could fly I'd grab every last one of them and throw them at him.
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