Elon Musk says there is room for 'tens of billions' of satellites, after facing criticism from Europe that SpaceX is blocking out rivals in orbit
Muskrebuffed claims that Starlinkwas taking over orbitand blocking rivals, per the FT.
- Musk said there's room for "tens of billions"
satellitesin low Earth orbit, where Starlink is.
In an interview with The Financial Times, the CEO likened the number of satellites flying in low Earth orbit (LEO) to having two billion cars and trucks on Earth.
Given that orbital "shells" are bigger than the Earth's surface, "that would imply room for tens of billions of satellites," Musk told the FT.
"A couple of thousand satellites is nothing. It's like, hey, here's a couple of thousand of cars on Earth — it's nothing," he added.
Aschbacher previously told the FT that SpaceX's satellite internet network, Starlink, was taking over LEO and risked preventing European satellite companies from competing in the commercial space industry.
In Wednesday's interview, Musk told the FT that space is "extremely enormous," and satellites are "very tiny."
"This is not some situation where we're effectively blocking others in any way," Musk told the FT. "We've not blocked anyone from doing anything, nor do we expect to."
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