Starlink satellites entered orbit with the possibility of a Russian space debris storm

SpaceX launched a new batch of its Starlink internet satellites, which are likely to collide with a pile of space debris from a Russian missile test.

BingMag.com Starlink satellites entered orbit with the possibility of a Russian space debris storm

SpaceX launched a new batch of its Starlink internet satellites, which are likely to collide with a pile of space debris from a Russian missile test.

The new set of "Starlink" satellites, which is called Group 3-3, was launched on Friday, August 12 at 17:40 Eastern Time Zone (02:10 AM on Saturday, August 21, Tehran time) from the Naval Air Force base. Space "Vandenberg" (Vandenberg) in California went to Earth's orbit.

This launch was carried out by a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 46 Starlink satellites. About nine minutes after launch, the rocket's booster stage, which was experiencing its 10th flight, landed on an unmanned ship in the Pacific Ocean. As planned, the second phase of the rocket injected the satellites into orbit 63 minutes after launch.

These new satellites are part of group 3. This assembly rotates in a shell that could potentially contain debris from Russia's anti-satellite missile tests. An experiment that was conducted in November 2021 and produced thousands of pieces of hazardous space debris.

According to SpaceNews, space tracking company "COMSPOC" recently revealed an event called "Conjunction Squall". during which 6,000 close passes of space debris affected 841 Starlink satellites. A number that includes about 30% of the SpaceX constellation.

According to Compack standards, the placement of two orbiting space objects at a distance of 10 kilometers from each other is defined as a close pass. SpaceX has not commented on whether the Starlink network was affected by the events, but in past discussions about space debris, the company has emphasized that its satellites have the ability to maneuver and avoid nearby spacecraft or space debris. /p>

According to COMSPAK, Group 3 satellites (of the five layers of SpaceX satellites) are in the same orbit as other Khurshid Ahang satellites that have previously approached the debris of the Russian anti-satellite missile (ASAT) test.

Today's launch marked the 36th launch of SpaceX in 2022. and added to the growing record of the company's launches in one year. While this amount, SpaceX has used the recovered booster in 34 launches. With this launch, the number of successive landings of the first stage booster reached 62.

Cover photo: Launch of Group 3.3 Starlink SpaceX satellites
Credit: SpaceX

Source: Space

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