Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron, a village in northern France with about 350 inhabitants, opposes plans by Spacex boss Elon Musk to place a station with antennas in a field. Musk dreams of being able to offer high-speed Internet even in remote areas via satellites connected to the earth via antennas.
SpaceX wants to buy a three-hectare plot of agricultural land in the village to install nine three-metre high dome antennas connected to the companys Starlink satellites in space, reports Het Nieuwsblad. There are already over a thousand of them, and there are thousands to be added.
Fear of health risks
The city council of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron opposes the plans, mainly for fear of health risks. In December, a “decree of resistance” was issued against the construction of the station. “We are concerned because we have no data on the possible effects on human and animal health,” it sounds.
In France, Starlink already submitted applications for four stations for the project. The French National Frequency Agency (ANFR), which manages radio frequencies in France, has approved three projects: two in the southwest and one in the north of the country. According to the agency, these communication stations only broadcast to space and do not pose a danger to the population.
SpaceX has cancelled a Wednesday scheduled launch of its Falcon-9 launcher with sixty Starlink satellites after a failure to recover the first rocket stage due to a technical failure the day before a similar launch.