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SpaceX launch: SpaceX to launch next batch of controversial satellites

SpaceX is set to send 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit on Sunday, February 15, to join the 180 up there already.

Elon Musk’s space exploration firm will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the miniature satellites, with lift-off scheduled for 10.25am EST (3.25pm GMT).

Just 180 of the planned 42,000 small satellites have been sent into orbit but astronomers are already complaining Mr Musk has ruined their view of the stars.

"Static fire of Falcon 9 complete ahead of launching 60 Starlink satellites—due to poor weather in the recovery area tomorrow" (Image: SPACEX•TWITTER)Last year, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said in a statement: “The scientific concerns are twofold.

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To start with, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said the next batch of satellites sent up will have a “coating on the bottom” which could stop light reflection.

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