Starlink satellites perform thousands of avoidance maneuvers amid growing space debris concerns

  • SpaceX’s Starlink satellites performed over 25,000 maneuvers to avoid collisions in six months from December 2022 to May 2023, which is double the number from the previous period.
  • Over 1,300 of these maneuvers were to avoid debris from Russia’s November 2021 anti-satellite weapon demonstration test.
  • Research in the Astronomy & Astrophysics journal reported Starlink satellites emit ‘unintended electromagnetic radiation’ impacting astronomical research; SpaceX is already introducing changes to help mitigate this effect.
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