Earlier this month, China submitted a document to the UN space agency that said that China’s space station survived the collision twice with a Starlink Internet Services satellite. Once this clash was postponed on 1 July and the second time on 21 October.
In a document published on the website of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, China said, “China’s space station took necessary preventive measures to prevent the collision.” The complaints could not be independently verified. SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Like Twitter, a user on China’s microblogging site Weibo wrote that Starlink’s satellites are just a pile of garbage. While another user called them America’s space war weapon.
It is said that about 30 thousand satellites and other types of debris constantly revolve in the Earth’s orbit. Scientists have urged the governments of countries to share their data so that sudden collisions in space can be avoided. SpaceX alone has built 1900 satellites that serve for Starlink’s broadband network. The company is currently working on a plan to build even more satellites. A user Chen Haiying on Weibo wrote that the risk due to Starlink’s satellites is increasing continuously.
America’s space agency NASA suddenly had to stop a space trip in late November due to the garbage spread in space. In the tweet, Musk said that the orbits of some of Starlink’s satellites have been adjusted to reduce the chance of a collision.
China started building the space station with the launch of Tianhe in April. Tianhe is the largest of the space station’s three modules. After having four missions with crew, now this space station is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
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