satellites

SpaceX set to launch third batch of sun-synchronous Starlink satellites

SpaceX says it’s on track to launch a third batch of operational Starlink satellites to sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) as early as 2:40 pm PDT (21:40 UTC), Friday, August 12th. To support the mission and help SpaceX’s Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) SLC-4 pad continue its aggressive launch cadence ramp, the company shipped Falcon 9 booster …

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Debris ‘Squalls’ From Russian Anti-Satellite Test Continually Threaten SpaceX’s Starlink

Artist’s depiction of space debris orbiting Earth.Illustration: Christoph Burgstedt/Science Photo Library (AP) Orbital debris from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test is menacing the Starlink satellite constellation, with researchers reporting more than 6,000 close calls with the SpaceX satellites. The near collisions were discussed during a talk on Monday at the Small Satellite Conference in Utah, …

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A powerful solar storm could take Earth to dark ages by pushing satellites off their orbits

As the Sun reaches its peak solar activity, it is scary to imagine the destruction a powerful solar storm can do to the Earth. Notably, it can even destroy communication systems by shifting satellites out of their orbit. The first half of 2022 was packed with solar storms that struck the Earth. Some of them …

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