It’s possible says a new study, and governments will need to act soon.
Night satellites orbiting the Earth can be a new way to identify economic inequality.
A geomagnetic storm triggered by a large burst of radiation from the sun has disabled the satellites newly launched by the company as part of its Starlink internet communications network.
The global space race comes at a cost, as exploration missions, anti-satellite missile tests and accidental collisions continue to add to the millions of pieces of trash already orbiting the Earth.
Falcon 9 rocket cargo includes 133 commercial and government spacecraft as well as 10 SpaceX satellites deployed under a "rideshare" programme.
The White House announced the creation of the new Space Force military arm in December, with President Donald Trump calling space "the world's newest warfighting domain."
Experts warn of threats arising from debris after India destroyed one of its own satellites in test that came some two weeks ahead of national election in which Hindu nationalist party BJP seeks another term.
At the current rate, the world's oceans on average will be at least 61 centimeters higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to researchers.
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