Starlink Failures and the Kessler Syndrome. Why the FCC is worried about Space Debris with SpaceX

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SpaceX is launching the largest constellation of satellites in history. Every time one of those satellites fails, there is a concern that a failed satellite could hit something else in space causing a field of debris. If there is enough debris it can lead to an effect called the Kessler Syndrome – a runaway cascadde of collissions that could fill Low Earch Orbit with debris for years!

References:
European Space Agency, Time to Act: Credit: ESA – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
FCC File: SATMOD2020041700037

Contents:
0:00 Intro to the Kessler Syndrome
0:34 SpaceX Authorizations and Modification with the FCC
1:32 SpaceX’s BIGGEST change to Starlink
2:43 Starlink Failures
3:23 The Kessler Syndrome!
4:03 Starlink Failure Analysis
6:16 Starlink Maneuvering without Propulsion
7:16 Why is everyone objecting to Starlink?
7:58 SmallSat videos?
8:17 ESA Time to Act
8:38 Closing

#SpaceX #Starlink #KesslerSyndrome

12 comments
  1. Grossly misleading headline. The “StarLink failures” are in no way linked to a “Kessler event,” and the FCC is not “worried” about it. Kudos to “Mike” for pointing this out at the end. For the alarmist click bait headline, not so much…

  2. The real problem is the debris in higher orbits such as two major failures by SES and Intelsat with both creating debris fields. It's ironic that these two companies are very vocal critics of Starlink. In comparison, any failed Starlink satellite will decay and reenter fairly rapidly.

  3. Every one of the objecting competitors is doomed to bankruptcy if StarLink succeeds. No wonder they’re scared. No threat of a “Kessler event” has been identified. The lower the orbits, the less danger—they are guaranteed to fall out of orbit quickly.

  4. Well first of all. The satellites are not nearly large enough or numerous enough to pose that problem. And they're much too close to to the planet to have that problem for long. Even if a Kessler event occurs. Also the closer they are to the planet the better. For better latency. So for safety reasons. They should be as close as possible. But for latency reasons. The closer they are the better.!

  5. I think the space junk is way over blown. Think how big the ocean is and how unlikely things are to collide. Then think about how much bigger those orbits are then the ocean

  6. This is reality – waste in the Space, because everything after period of active usage dies and fly there… Garbage. I watch the movie "Gravity"… scary film. Everything starts nice and than… P.S. It is of course piece of Art – how it`s made – filming etc. I see it on the TV screen 1m diagonal. I just can imagine how it is to watch that in Cinema by 3D effects…. 🚀🛰🛸👽💀

  7. Awesome video, thanks for all the information that we obviously would have never heard of from mainstream media 👍

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