(ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX has changed the orbits of some Starlink satellites, the head of the company Elon Musk said on Twitter. The entrepreneur’s statement is quoted by Interfax.
“We had to shift the orbits of some Starlink satellites to reduce the likelihood of collisions [with space debris],” the businessman wrote.
The Dragon cargo spacecraft has a shielding shield to withstand the impact of small, high-speed debris particles, he said.
In November, ArsTechnica, citing a FCC filing, reported that the first prototypes of Amazon’s Kuiper global internet spacecraft, which will compete with Starlink, should be launched in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 satellites are planned to be launched from a mobile launcher in Florida on the never-before-flown RS1 rocket, developed by ABL Space Systems with the support of Lockheed Martin, into a near-earth orbit with an altitude of 590 kilometers.
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