The latest went on a Falcon – 9 rocket which belongs to Space X. The satellites were put in orbit as part of a plan to provide broadband internet globally through the satellites. The company has permission to launch 12000 satellites according to regulations. But Space X has requested permission for 40000 depending on how the project progresses.
Two more batches of 60 is to be launched before the end of this month.
However the Space X believes that the concerns are overstated. The company says that the Starlinks are bright shortly after launch but this is the result of the configuration the satellites adopt as they raise themselves up from an altitude of 290km to 550km. Once in the final orbit the objects should be barely visible. Said the company. They also provided astronomers each satellites coordinates to plan the observations without any obstruction. The latest batch of 60 also had an experimental coating to reduce the reflectivity.