The satellite internet service Starlink Elon Musk announced that 40 of the 49 Starlink satellites he launched on February 3 will be destroyed by a geomagnetic storm.
According to SpaceX, the storm caused "up to 50 percent more resistance than in previous launches", preventing developing satellites from reaching their proper orbit around the Earth. And while Starlink has tried to get them in the right place, it looks like up to 40 of them will burn up in Earth's atmosphere instead of reaching their destinations.
SpaceX recently surpassed the milestone of launching 2.000 satellites and has plans to launch 12.000, (or more), so losing 40 of those satellites may not be a big deal in the overall plan.
However, the 40 spearstaxes it is the majority of Starlink's launch capability from a Falcon 9 rocket and so the launch costs burned up in the atmosphere along with the satellites.
Στην ανακοίνωσή της σχετικά με την γεωμαγνητική καταιγίδα, η SpaceX εκμεταλλεύεται αυτή την ευκαιρία για να υποστηρίξει πόσο λίγο επηρεάζουν οι δορυφterms of the heavens, which was disputed last month, as well as a new study raises concerns that Starlink satellites leave streaks on astronomers' images as they orbit. Which could prevent us from locating dangerous asteroids.