Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already lost contact with three of its 60 Starlink satellites

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already lost contact with three of its 60 Starlink satellites

SpaceX has already lost contact with three of the 60 Starlink satellites it put into orbit around the Earth in May.

The satellites are part of an arrangement by billionaire Elon Musk’s organization to give cheap and reliable internet access worldwide.

They will inevitably form part of a “super-constellation” of near 12,000 satellites.

Be that as it may, three of the satellites have lost contact with ground control teams.

They will now deorbit “passively,” as per a SpaceX representative.

That implies Earth’s gravity and atmospheric drag will pull them down until they burn up in the atmosphere.

SpaceX’s said it additionally plans to make two working satellites out of action, so as to test the spacecraft’s capacity to propulsively deorbit.

“Three satellites which initially communicated with the ground but are no longer in service, will passively deorbit,” the representative said.

“Due to their design and low orbital position, all five deorbiting satellites will disintegrate once they enter Earth’s atmosphere in support of SpaceX’s commitment to a clean space environment.”

The representative included that 45 of the 60 Starlink satellites have achieved their target altitude.

Another five are in the process of orbit raising, and the last five are finishing “check-outs” before additionally orbit raising.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has recently focused on that the early Starlink satellites have a high danger of not working, given the quantity of recently created technology they convey.

“It’s possible that some of these satellites may not work, and in fact [there’s a] small possibility that all of the satellites will not work,” he said ahead of the launch in May.

“But these are a great design and we’ve done everything we can to maximise probability of success.”

A month ago, astronomers issued an urgent warning that the Starlink satellites and others like them could eventually outnumber the stars obvious in night sky.

“The potential for multiple large satellite constellations to adversely affect both each other and the study of the cosmos is becoming increasingly apparent,” they said.

The notice came after seeing the satellites flying in formation sparked fears of an alien invasion.

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