SpaceX against Saint-Senier-sur-Beuvron, a small town in Normandy. This improbable confrontation does take place. Indeed, Elon Musk wants to install domes there necessary to receive high-speed Internet from the satellites of the Starlink project. Nevertheless, the inhabitants of the Normandy town and their mayor protest bluntly.
No authorization without study
Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron is a town in the Manche department, in the Normandy region. As explained France3 Regions on February 4, its 350 inhabitants saw their daily life turned upside down by SpaceX and its famous leader Elon Musk. The fact is that the person concerned designated the Norman village for accommodate five relay antennas of the Starlink project. Remember that by 2025, thousands of low-altitude satellites should make it possible to generalize high-speed Internet around the world. However, the inhabitants of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron do not hear it that way, starting with its mayor Benoît Hamard. The latter mentioned an imposed project, of which no one knows anything. He especially indicated do not intend to sign authorizations in the absence of field studies.
To justify himself, the elected representative mentioned gray areas concerning human health as well as the environment. According to him, the town is home to quality breeding and cultivation land and “That we will not do anything there”. In addition, remember that this area near the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is classified as a Natura 2000 site.
A justified fear
François Dufour, regional environmental adviser and native of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron also spoke on the subject. This reminds us that the installation of the five electric domes will require gigantic work in the basement. However, the town is in a wetland, due to its proximity to the Beuvron river, the basin of which covers an area of 2,193 km². Like the mayor, he also calls for more in-depth studies on the issue. François Dufour also referred to a document – of which he would have a copy – from the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Arcep) dating from December 1, 2020. This concerns a authorization to use radio frequencies for the earth station of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron.
“You should know that these domes will pick up at 550 km above our heads and propel 800 km on each side, the power supply of optical fiber or 5G” declared François Dufour.
If the inhabitants still cannot believe that they are at the heart of such an affair, the Norman municipality should only be one of the many relays of the Starlink project on Earth. It would not be surprising if other such situations are currently underway elsewhere – or in the process of being, since the project aims to cover all white areas of our planet. At the beginning of February, Space X chained two Starlink missions and thus inexorably continues the progress of its project.