A set of Starlink’s satellites has forced the Chinese space station to take evasive action to avoid a potential collision. But why?
As a reaction to that, Chinese citizens lashed out online against SpaceX founder Elon Musk and his Starlink program.
A document submitted by China to the U.N.’s space agency said that the satellites from Starlink had “close encounters” with the Chinese space station twice, on July 1 and Oct. 21.
However, “For safety reasons, the China Space Station implemented preventive collision avoidance control,” the Chinese document said.
On Monday, a user in a post on Weibo, which is China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform, said that Starlink’s satellites were “American space warfare weapons”. Another post said that they are “just a pile of space junk”.
30,000 satellites, nearly 1,900 of them belong to SpaceX is orbiting the planet. So, with this huge number, scientists have urged the responsible governments to make sure that no catastrophic space collisions will happen.
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“The risks of Starlink gradually exposed, the whole human race will pay for their business activities,”. A user posted on Weibo.
At the end of November, the risks posed by space debris forced NASA to cancel a spacewalk. Musk commented on Twitter by saying that some of his company’s satellites had been adjusted to reduce the possibility of collisions.