Starlink satellites provoke 50% of dangerous encounters in orbit every week

Due to the satellites of the Starlink group, 1600 dangerous encounters in orbit occur weekly: experts predict that in the future this number will increase to 90%.

According to Hugh Lewis, head of the University of Southampton Astronautics Research Group, an alarming situation with a large number of satellites is developing in low-Earth orbit.

Lewis said that in the future, Starlink satellites will be involved in 90% of all dangerous encounters in Earth orbit. To date, Starlink satellites are responsible for 50% of incidents or 1,600 encounters each week.

Moreover, in 500 cases out of 1600 they fly at a distance of a kilometer or less from the devices of other operators. The rest is the convergence of two Starlink satellites with each other.

To date, Starlink has launched more than 1,650 vehicles, by the time the full constellation is deployed, there will be 12,000.

Also, the group of Internet satellites is launching OneWeb – the company has so far brought out only 250 devices. They make 80 dangerous encounters each week.

However, it is worth noting that SpaceX has not had a single truly serious incident in the two years of Starlink satellite launches.

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Alexandr Ivanov earned his Licentiate Engineer in Systems and Computer Engineering from the Free International University of Moldova. Since 2013, Alexandr has been working as a freelance web programmer.
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