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Some day soon, stargazers searching for answers in the night sky might see the logo of a soft drink company blazing past the Milky Way, or a promotional message from a fast food restaurant.That at least that is the hope of StartRocket, a Russian start-up aiming to put billboards in space.The firm plans to turn hundreds of tiny satellites into a massive display visible from earth – something its CEO, Vlad Sitnikov, said would make him the first man to draw in space since the ancient Greeks grouped stars into constellations.Sitnikov said he came up with the space billboard idea last year after U.S.-New Zealand rocket propulsion company Rocket Lab launched a shiny disco ball called Humanity Star into orbit, where it remained visible to the human eye for months.The firm plans to charge about $200,000 for every eight hours of advertising.To make ads worthwhile the firm intents to target mostly big cities – where light pollution is already high – at dusk or dawn, when people are out in the streets, Sitnikov said.Among those unhappy with the idea are astronomers, worried that space billboards could impede research.StartRocket shows space is about to become much more crowded than it was in the 1960s – and new global rules to balance conflicting interests might soon come in handy, said Newman.
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