Last week Elon Musk got FCC permission to launch 11,925 of the things for providing cheap internet access in backwoods places.
This week Bill Gates, Masa Son and Airbus say they’re backing EarthNow which plans to launch 500 satellites to provide global surveillance.
Is global surveillance a good idea?
Well it might be if it provides unequivocal evidence of who perpetrated the latest horror on mankind.
It is reassuring that, in the global community, rogue countries do feel shame.
They don’t want to be branded thugs, killing and abusing their populations.
When they’re found out they protest it wasn’t them. So at least they’re not shameless.
And if the thugs of this world can be shamed into decent behaviour, or at least into avoiding savagery, then 500 satellites is a good investment.