Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already lost contact with THREE of its Starlink satellites
SpaceX has already lost contact with three of the 60 Starlink satellites it put into orbit around the Earthin May.
The satellites are part of a plan by billionaire Elon Musk’s company to provide cheap and reliable internet access worldwide .
They will eventually form part of a “super-constellation” of close to 12,000 satellites.
However, three of the satellites have lost contact with ground control teams.
They will now deorbit “passively,” according to a SpaceX spokesperson.
That means Earth’s gravity and atmospheric drag will pull them down until they burn up in the atmosphere.
SpaceX’s said it also plans to take two functioning satellites out of action, in order to test the spacecraft’s ability to propulsively deorbit.
“Three satellites which initially communicated with the ground but are no longer in service, will passively deorbit,” the spokesperson said……..read more