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SKA telescope leader ‘extremely worried’ about satellite impact

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‘Mega constellations’ of satellites pose a threat to astronomy, Square Kilometre Array study finds

Planned ‘mega constellations’ of satellites pose an “extremely worrying” threat to the astronomy capabilities of the fledgling Square Kilometre Array international radiotelescope, the SKA’s science director Robert Braun has warned.

On 7 October the SKA Organisation announced the results of a study on the potential impact of 6,400 planned satellites on its telescope arrays. It said the results showed that observations planned using the mid-frequency SKA array being built in South Africa could take 70 per cent longer to obtain, meaning only about half as many observations could be obtained overall.

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