3% of SpaceX “Starlink” satellites have been scrapped into space junk

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 20:08 GMT

A few days earlier, Jonathan McDowell (Jonathan McDowell) of Harvard University-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Astronomer Jonathan McDowell (Jonathan McDowell) said that just 97 percent of the satellites deployed by the space technology corporation SpaceX are now working to build the ‘Starlink’ satellite internet thruster. In other words, about 3% of the satellites in the Starlink network at SpaceX appear to have crashed. They float easily in space, which can endanger other orbital satellites or the International Space Station astronauts.

Around 775 ‘Starlink’ Internet satellites have been launched by SpaceX so far, and the entire satellite network aims to potentially launch 42,000 satellites. If the rate of satellite loss is 3%, that means there are a total of 1,260 redundant satellites waiting to collide in orbit with other objects.

“What I want to conclude is that their failure rate is not high,” McDowell said. “This is not higher than the failure rate of others. What is troubling is that even though it is a regular failure rate, it will ultimately generate a lot of bad space junk in such a large satellite network.”

SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment, but the firm told the Federal Communications Commission earlier that it estimates less than 1 percent of the satellite failure rate. Every collision would make the Earth’s orbit more dangerous, irrespective of the subsequent satellite failure rate.

“In January, Dan Ceperly, Chief Executive Officer of satellite monitoring firm LeoLabs, said:” The two satellites may be said to have been fragments of two shotguns.