Global Wi-Fi and 5G – What is the environmental price tag to the Earth and life?
Companies are launching unprecedented numbers of rockets to put global Wi-Fi and 5G satellites into the sky. 100,000+ satellites, plus drones and balloons, are planned. SpaceX is beta testing its network now. https://freethesky.org/
Arthur Firstenberg, June 2019, Stop5G Appeal
On the evening of May 23, 2019, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launched its first 60 “Starlink” satellites into low orbit around the Earth. The satellites were launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket. Musk announced his intention to carry out six more launches this year, each carrying 60 satellites, and that when the first 420 satellites are in orbit, they will be turned on and will begin providing global 5G service to SpaceX’s first customers. This could happen by the end of 2019.
SpaceX intends for its rockets to carry 120 satellites at a time into orbit beginning in 2020, and to complete its planned fleet of 12,000 satellites within a decade. SpaceX’s license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission permits each satellite to emit an effective radiated power of up to 5 million watts.
SpaceX’s competitor, OneWeb, is not far behind. OneWeb launched the first 6 of its planned fleet of 4,540 satellites on February 27, 2019. It announced its intention to launch 36 satellites per month and to turn them on as soon as 648 satellites are in orbit. This could happen by the end of 2020.
On April 4, 2019, Amazon announced that it is planning to launch its own fleet of more than 3,000 5G satellites.
5G in Space is a planetary emergency, as outlined in the article of that title that I wrote a year ago: http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/planetary-emergency. It is an emergency not just because of the direct radiation from the satellites, but because of the location of the satellites in the ionosphere. The ionosphere is an integral part of the global electrical circuit that animates all living things. Even a few hundred satellites using the enormous amount of bandwidth that is available in the millimeter wave spectrum is expected to pollute the global electrical circuit — and therefore our bodies — with what building biologists call dirty electricity. This is likely to be catastrophic to all life on Earth.”
Current List of Companies Planning 5G Satellites
Arthur Firstenberg, 5GSpaceAppeal “As of today (November 2019), the following companies are planning to launch, or are already launching, 5G satellites into low orbit around the Earth:
SpaceX, based in the United States, has plans for 42,000 satellites, has already launched 120, intends to launch 60 at a time twice a month during 2020, and is developing a larger rocket that can launch 120 at a time. As soon as 420 satellites are in orbit, it plans to turn them on. That could be as early as February 2020.
OneWeb, based in the United Kingdom, has plans for 5,260 satellites and intends to launch 30 at a time every three to four weeks beginning in January 2020. As soon as 300 satellites are in orbit, in late 2020, it plans to turn them on.
Telesat, based in Canada, has plans for 512 satellites, and intends to begin service in 2021.
Amazon has plans for 3,236 satellites and intends to begin service as soon as 578 are in orbit.
Facebook has plans for thousands of satellites but has not disclosed its plans to the public.
Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency, has plans for 640 satellites, to be deployed between 2022 and 2026.
Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., a Chinese state-owned company, has plans for 156 satellites, to be in place by 2022.
The above companies will broadcast only 5G and will sell user devices that will be mounted on homes and vehicles and will function as small cells. Another company, Lynk, has plans for “several thousand” satellites that will communicate directly with cell phones and will broadcast not only 5G, but also 2G, 3G and 4G. Lynk intends to begin service in 2023.
In addition to these satellite plans, Loon, a subsidiary of Google, has a contract to provide Internet to remote areas of the Amazon rain forest in Peru from stratospheric balloons.”
Inescapable EMF Radiation pollution, Light Pollution and Threat to Weather Forecasting:
Global Union Against Radiation Deployment in Space (GUARDS) http://stopglobalwifi.org/
5G From Space: “Not One Inch of The Globe Will Be Free of Radiation” https://realfarmacy.com/5g-space-radiation/
5G Space Networks could interfere with weather forecasts, Meteorogists warn – See Here
As SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites, Scientists See Threat to ‘Astronomy Itself’ https://www.nytimes.com
Satellite constellations: Astronomers warn of threat to view of Universe https://www.bbc.com
Starlink Satellites Posing Issues For Astronomers https://hackaday.com
SpaceX prepares for first of many Starlink launches in 2020 https://www.spaceflightinsider.com
Why astronomers are worried that SpaceX’s satellite network will pollute the night sky https://www.theverge.com
Strange string of lights in Manitoba night sky spark confusion, intrigue https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada
Appeal by Astronomers to Stop 53,000 Satellites in Space (Please Share) https://astronomersappeal.wordpress.com/