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Old February 15th, 2022 #80
Stewart Meadows
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SpaceX: Space storm destroys 40 of Elon Musk's Starlink satellites

The vast majority of satellites launched last week will fall back to Earth and burn up rather than go into orbit, SpaceX says - "at a considerable cost to us".

Wednesday 9 February 2022 11:50, UK

SpaceX has confirmed that a geomagnetic storm destroyed most of the Starlink satellites it launched last Friday.

Elon Musk's company said that 40 of its 49 satellites were going to fall back to Earth - though they are designed to burn up on re-entry - after a space storm "significantly impacted" them.

They were part of a planned satellite constellation that is intended to eventually provide constant internet coverage for most of the world.