SpaceX’s Starlink satellites had 25,000 near misses in just 6 months

The dramatic growth in Starlink collision-avoidance maneuvers in the past six months is fueling concerns about the long-term sustainability of satellite operations as thousands of new spacecraft are set to launch into orbit in the coming years.

SpaceXs Starlink The Broadband satellites were forced to orbit more than 25,000 times between December 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023, to avoid dangerous approaches to other spacecraft and orbital debris. Report Filed by SpaceX with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 30. This is more than double the number of avoidance maneuvers reported by SpaceX in the previous six-month period from June to November 2022. Since the launch of the first Starlink spacecraft in 2019, SpaceX satellites have been forced to move more than 50,000 times to avoid collisions.

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