Geomagnetic storm destroys SpaceX satellite
A geomagnetic storm destroyed dozens of SpaceX satellites by preventing them from reaching their final orbit.
Forty of the 49 Starlink satellites launched by rocket maker California last week will disintegrate as they debit and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.
Estimates suggest that each satellite costs SpaceX $250,000 to build and launch, meaning the storm could cost as much as $10 million.
In an update yesterday, SpaceX, run by billionaire Elon Musk, explained how the storm will affect their most recent Starlink launch.
WiFi broadcast technology is often deployed into lower orbits so that they can be quickly de-buffered and destroyed in the event of a failure.
Once the initial test is complete, they are ejected to higher orbit, where they join a large constellation that provides internet access to Starlink customers.
A geomagnetic storm that shook Earth’s magnetosphere on February 4 increased atmospheric drag, preventing satellites from lifting their orbits and leading to their “death”.
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