Space debris from a Russian missile test could disrupt Elon Musk's Starlink project to beam the internet from orbit

(18 Nov 2021) "Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told Insider that the debris could crash into Starlink satellites as it spreads. 'There's not a tiny chance that… one or two of the satellites in LEO [low Earth orbit] get taken out by a piece of debris,' McDowell said. Starlink's network is made up of close to 2,000 satellites, so the impact of any individual loss on the overall network would likely be small. SpaceX did not respond to Insider's request for comment." (Business Insider)

Reference: Business Insider

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