Elon Musk’s satellite launch sparks ‘alien invasion’ panic

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 during a time exposure at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

A 'chain' of lights flying across the skies above Holland sparked fears of World War 3 - or even an alien invasion.

But the 'invasion' turned out to be tech billionaire Elon Musk's plan to launch thousands of satellites and deliver internet from space.

Dutch website ufomeldpunt.nl had more than 150 sighting reports after the Space X satellite passed over the country.

Viewers described, 'a bizarre train of stars or lights moving across the skies at constant speed'.

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Um rastreador de satélites holandês conseguiu registrar, e vídeo, a passagem dos 60 satélites iniciais da Starlink, projeto da SpaceX que visa lançar 12 mil satélites para fornecer internet de alta velocidade a todo o planeta
A day after launch, a Dutch sky-watcher recorded a remarkable video of SpaceX's Starlink satellites orbiting Earth. In the clip, the 60 internet satellites appear as a string of bright dots several hundred miles above the planet.
On the heels of a successful 60-satellite launch, SpaceX says it has raised more than $1 billion for its Starlink satellite internet venture and its super-heavy-lift Starship rocket development effort. The higher-than-expected investments were reported today in two amended filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. One financing round, which was opened last December, netted $486 million. The other, which opened last month, brought in $535 million. And between the two rounds, there was still $18.8 million in equity to offer, according to the filings. The SEC forms indicate that the earlier round involved eight investors, and the later round… Read More
Actuellement, 5 milliards de personnes dans le monde n’ont pas un accès à internet de mainière satisfaisante
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket sits at launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 11, 2019. - SpaceX carried out its first commercial launch on April 11 with its Falcon Heavy rocket easing a Saudi telecoms satellite into orbit. The bright white rocket rose with a roar and spewed thick gray smoke on the ground as it made its way up into clear blue skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida, trailing a long plume of orange fire. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors at Playalinda Beach look on as a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on April 11, 2019. - SpaceX's Falcon Heavy ferried the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabia in the first commercial mission of the world's most powerful rocket. The Falcon Heavy consists of three first-stage boosters based on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, all of which are designed to return to Earth under power for later reuse. The Arabsat-6A is a 6,000 kg (13,227 lbs) satellite that will provide telecommunications access throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa. It is also a milestone flight for SpaceX, marking the first launch with a paying customer: Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP) (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off loaded with a Dragon cargo craft, during a resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off loaded with a Dragon cargo craft during a resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off loaded with a Dragon cargo craft, during a resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Thom Baur
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 during a time exposure at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, with a payload of 60 satellites for SpaceX's Starlink broadband network, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this image taken from NASA Television, a SpaceX shipment prepares to arrive at the International Space Station following a weekend launch, Monday, May 6, 2019. The Dragon capsule reached the orbiting complex Monday, delivering 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of equipment and experiments. (NASA TV via AP)
Eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX lands two of the first-stage boosters side by side at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Eight minutes after liftoff, SpaceX lands two of the first-stage boosters side by side at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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People described it as a 'star caravan' and noted that the 'UFOs' were travelling faster than planes.

Space X launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk's new Starlink internet service.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 10:30 p.m. local time.

Musk hopes the Starlink satellites will generate cash for his larger ambitions in space.

This article first appeared on Yahoo

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