SpaceX from Elon Musk lost up to 40 satellites star link which launched into orbit last week due to a geomagnetic storm.
The aerospace company sent 49 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit on Thursday via rocket. Falcon 9.
About 80% of those satellites were “significantly impacted” by a geomagnetic storm on Friday, SpaceX announced in a statement Tuesday.
Geomagnetic storms are caused by disturbances between Earth’s magnetic field and charged particles from the sun, known as the solar wind, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center.
The speed and intensity of the storm caused “atmospheric drag” to rise to levels 50% higher than previous launches, SpaceX said in the statement, making it difficult for satellites to reach their orbital position.
SpaceX said Starlink tried to fly the satellites in “safe mode” to reduce atmospheric drag, but they still couldn’t reach their intended destination.
As many as 40 of the satellites will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up, and some have already done so, Musk’s firm said.
SpaceX said in the statement that the affected satellites will not collide with other satellites when they go out of orbit. There will be no orbital debris, nor will any part of the satellite hit Earth, SpaceX added.
SpaceX satellite record
SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 Starlink satellites into orbit, of which nearly 1,900 are operational.
“This is the biggest loss to date for them,” the U.S. astronomer told Insider. Harvard Jonathan McDowell. But he noted that the company hasn’t had a single failure with the rocket, which could easily shoot down a batch of satellites at once.
“I don’t think this is a game changer for them. But they can change their deployment orbit a little bit,” he said.
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