- Musk’s ambitious plan has suffered a costly setback
- 40 satellites were destroyed by a geomagnetic storm
- Although their debris is not likely to reach Earth.
On February 3, SpaceX launched 49 satellites into their orbit, but a geomagnetic storm destroyed about 40 of them.
Musk’s ambitious plan has suffered a costly setback
Elon Musk wants to bring satellite internet to the world through his company Starlink. Musk’s ambitious plan has suffered a costly setback. On February 3, SpaceX launched 49 satellites into their orbit, but a geomagnetic storm destroyed about 40 of them. SpaceX said the storm caused 50 percent more obstruction than the previous launch, preventing satellites from reaching their proper orbit on Earth.
SpaceX said Starlink tried to fly these satellites “edge-on (like a sheet of paper)” to minimize interference. But now it seems that instead of reaching their destination, about 40 satellites will re-enter or have entered the Earth’s atmosphere.
40 satellites were destroyed by a geomagnetic storm
Although SpaceX has said that the probability of these satellites colliding with other satellites is zero. These will disappear upon re-entering the atmosphere, which means that no debris will form and no part of the satellite will collide with the Earth.
To make Starlink fully functional, SpaceX plans to launch 12,000 satellites into Earth orbit. The company has crossed the target of more than two thousand satellites. In such a situation, losing 40 satellites will not affect the company’s plan much. Yet this loss is equal to the full launch capacity.
Although their debris is not likely to reach Earth.
SpaceX has reported that the storm on February 4 had a great impact on the satellites. At the same time, more launches are expected in the coming weeks, so that the company can soon reach the target of 12,000 mini-satellites. Recently, the company has announced ‘Premium’ service for its customers in the areas where it is operating. The company has said that under this service, broadband service will be provided to the users with more speed.
With the premium service, Starlink users can be given 150-500 Mbps download speed and 20-30ms latency. Latency is the time taken by the data signal from point A to point B and then back to point A. It is measured in milliseconds (ms). Higher latency means a delay in data transmission. The lower the latency, the faster the internet will run.