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  • SpaceX, which will have launched 180 low-orbit Starlink satellites by the end of this year, plans to launch 60 more every 2-3 weeks – up to 42,000 satellites in total.
  • The constellation will offer low-latency broadband internet globally, including in rural and remote areas.
  • Satellites in orbit could quintuple over the next 10 years, driven by low-Earth orbit (LEO) smallsats for broadband and IoT connectivity.
  • Critics are pointing to space congestion, potential for collisions, light pollution, and concern about regulatory discipline.
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