Monday, January 17, 2022

Chinese Slammed Elon Musk Online After Starlink Satellite Misses

Sino-American cooperation on space exploration is a priority for China. On Monday, Chinese residents slammed Elon Musk space ambitions online after China protested. China protested because its space station had to avoid colliding with Starlink satellites. According to a paper presented to the UN’s space agency earlier this month, Starlink Internet Services satellites had two “close encounters” with the Chinese space station on July 1 and October 21.

“The China Space Station executed preemptive collision avoidance control for safety reasons,” China stated on the website of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. Moreover the complaints are unverified. Requests for comment from SpaceX went unanswered. On Monday, one user on China’s Twitter-like Weibo microblogging network called Starlink’s satellites “space garbage,” while another called them “American space warfare weapons.”

Scientists have asked governments to share data to lessen the chance of catastrophic space catastrophes. To serve its Starlink internet network, SpaceX has launched over 1,900 satellites.

Weibo user Chen Haiying wrote: “The risks of Starlink have gradually disclosed, the entire human race will suffer for their economic actions.”

NASA had to cancel a spacewalk in November due to threats posed by space junk. Musk responded by tweeting that some Starlink satellite orbits have altered to avoid collisions. In April, Tianhe, the largest of the station’s three modules, has launched. After four crewed trips, the station should be finished in 2022.

Regulators are increasingly scrutinizing Tesla’s electric vehicle company. Especially after a consumer climbed on top of one at the Shanghai auto show to protest poor customer service.

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