The BlueWalker-3 satellite is a giant space object that could outshine the night sky except for the Moon. This flat surface will orbit 500 kilometers above the Earthit will reflect a lot of sunlight, be visible to observers, and could become brighter than the planet Venus.

AST SpaceMobile (Texas Startup Communications Company) made BlueWalker-3 with glass and metal alloysIn addition, it has a deployable structure made of modular square tiles that provide array antennas for communications.

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The space device weighs 1.5 tons and is made up of a 1.28 meter wide central control node. Its antenna and solar panels will reflect the light of the Sun in the middle of the nightis capable of ruining the images of terrestrial telescopes and produces an annoying noise in the environment.

It will provide Internet all over the world

On September 10, BlueWalker-3 It was launched folded on a SpaceX Falcon 9 reusable rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

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By the time it deployed into orbit it became a flat 64.3 square meter machine, so serves as an array antenna to provide broadband Internet access to users.

Unlike Starlink’s satellites, BlueWalker-3 will not require users to install a satellite dish and space router to access the Internet. Secondly, It is the first and only global cellular broadband network in space. which will work directly with unmodified standard mobile devices.

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Those interested will have to sign up for the BlueWalker-3 service to take advantage of the 4G and 5G networks.

AST will launch more satellites into low orbit

Its manufacturer, AST SpaceMobile, wants to launch more than 100 satellites called ‘BlueBirds’ by the end of 2024.

Many of them will be larger, will reflect a lot of sunlight back to Earth, will add to the current Starlink constellation and eliminate connectivity gaps faced by five billion users today.

Is this satellite a problem?

Although satellites provide connectivity, it is true that they are a source of contamination that blinds the vision of the cosmos. An alternative to remedy the situation is that terrestrial infrastructures can be built that provide the same services and are more resistant than satellites.

On the other hand, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States have proposed a maximum term of five years to eliminate dead satellites in space. This initiative is intended to be mandatory for space companies, however, satellites that are already in space would be exempt from the new guidelines.

The measure comes from great concern maintained by the authorities due to the large amounts of space debrisTherefore, when the AST SpaceMobile satellites are not operational, they will be removed from space.