China Space Station “Tiangong” has undertaken emergency maneuvers for TWICE in four months, to avoid collision with Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellites!
The document, China sent to the UN Secretary-General, said the two events happened on July 1 and October 21 respectively.
Both times with Chinese crew members on board which could constitute a danger to the life or health of astronauts’.
China’s “Tiangong” has stayed in a near-circular orbit at an altitude of around 390km on an orbital inclination of about 41.5 degrees since it was launched on April 29.
On July 1, “Tiangong” was forced to conduct an evasive maneuver to avoid colliding with Starlink-1095, which descended from its original 555km-altitude orbit to around 382km and stayed there, since May 16.
In October 21, “Tiangong” is forced to do the same maneuver AGAIN as the Starlink-2305 similarly changed its orbit with an “UNKOWN” strategy.
China said in the note to inform all state parties to FOLLOW RULES when exploring outer space.
Elon Musk, the world’s richest, is the founder of SpaceX which operates the Starlink internet satellites.
More than 1,900 satellites have been launched into space since 2019.
The network plans to have more than 42,000 satellites in orbit when completed.
The project has raised concerns over overcrowding orbit, posing safety threats to other spacecrafts since the start.
SpaceX argued its Starlink satellites, equipped with autonomous orbit changing features, can avoid potential collisions.
While some experts claim such maneuvers can only add risks for they’re more ‘UNFORSEEABLE’.
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