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SpaceX: Elon Musk satellite narrowly misses crashing into another owned by British OneWeb

  • April 15, 2021

Diana McKissock, Space Force 18th Space Control Squadron, said: “This event was a good example of how satellite operators can be responsible given the constraints of global best practices

“They shared their data with each other, they got in contact with each other, and I think in absence of any global regulation, that’s… the art of the possible.”

However, concerns have been raised about SpaceX’s automated systems as satellite operators have no way of telling how Starlink satellites will behave in similar situations.

Mr McLaughlin said: “Coordination is the issue. It is not sufficient to say ‘I’ve got an automated system,’ because the other guy may not have, and won’t understand what yours is trying to do.”

To date, OneWeb has only launched 146 satellites, with plans to expand the constellation to tens of thousands.

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