The competitor of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites said that the SpaceX broadband project may not sustain over the long run. It poses a high risk that can be catastrophic.
Report says this issue arose after the competitors insisted. They insisted that too many satellites in an orbit could cause a lot of radio interference. There are high chances of Starlink to continuously send more satellites into space. The number will continue to increase by hundreds or by thousands. If that happens, the number of satellites may eventually become obsolete, says Aubrey Clarke of sciencetimes. SpaceX broadband project aims to launch around 42,000 satellites all around the world by the next coming years.
Potential risk of catastrophic collisions from the SpaceX Broadband Project
Arianespace’s head Stephane Israel, the competitor of SpaceX, said that there’s a high potential risk for catastrophic collisions. Thousands of satellites will then deploy into low Earth orbit (LEO). The low Earth orbit is around 1,000 kilometers or 625 miles away from the surface of the earth.
Israel mentioned SpaceX’s Starlink project specifically as an example. Elon Musk’s SpaceX owns 35 percent of the total operational satellites all over the world. While including in satellites of more than 50 kg as a factor, Elon Musk will own more than 50 percent, added the CNBC report.
Elon Musk’s Starlink constellation project recently got the approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They got approval from them to start providing broadband from space. It plans to install hundreds of satellites in the low Earth orbit than what was initially intended in the plan. The aim of SpaceX is to provide internet connections particularly to the supposed underserved and distant parts in the world.
Meanwhile, competitors assert that the lower altitude has a greater possibility of catastrophic collisions and anticipated high radio interference. Furthermore, Israel highlighted that multiple collisions have already happened within the pastyears; a few of them include Starlink satellites. CNBC reported that catastrophic collisions can happen that would render this orbit project impractical.
Without a doubt, Elon’s project could help many people around the world. A couple of his competitors have asserted that the probability of a catastrophic collision is high. That’s because thousands of satellites will soon deploy into lower-Earth orbit.
Arianespace’s CEO strongly suggests that the space must remain accessible for a number of human activities. And it’s the responsibility of everyone to ensure that the lower orbit remains sustainable over the long-term. Around 1,000 kilometers above the earth’s surface, it’s considered as the low Earth orbit.
The Danger of monopoly over the outer Space
Recently SpaceX petitioned the FCC to launch roughly around 2,800 Starlink satellites into space. The space agency gave out a verification. It confirms that: once these satellites will be in orbit, it will help the gratuitious areas. Areas who have weak internet connections, particularly the remote areas, will soon receive better access to the internet.
Israel warned that: since SpaceX was the first to do so, there are high risks of monopoly. The satellite constellation of SpaceX might prevent other players from launching theirs, which may potentially monopolize the space. When that happens, things will only get more complicated with other companies that intend to use satellites as well.
SpaceX applied to the FCC for the company to be granted permission for launching up to 42,000 satellites. Putting pressure on Arianespace, a joint venture of Airbus and Safran will then continue to ramp up their capacity as well. Arianespace reportedly warned that the monopoly of SpaceX Satellite poses a challenge for all of humanity’s access to space.