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China alleges Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellites possibility of colliding with space station

China alleges against Elon Musk’s SpaceX, stating that their space station was about to be hit with SpaceX’s satellites. China complained to the UN that the safety of its astronauts in the space station was being compromised. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian addressed a briefing, stating that they were forced to avoid collisions with SpaceX Starlink satellites.

China says SpaceX satellites nearly collided with space station

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I can confirm in July and October this year SpaceX satellite links made close encounters with China’s space station twice, Zhao said. During this period, the Chinese astronauts were executing missions in the Space Station (CSS), he said, replying to a question. Out of security reasons, the Chinese space station espoused preventative collision avoidance control measures, he said.

Zhao said China has complained to the UN Secretary on December 3 about the SpaceX satellites’ close hassles under the principles of the External Space Treaty, warranting the signatories to report any violations to cover the lives of astronauts.
He said that under the convention, the parties should bear the transnational responsibility for the conditioning in external space whether by governmental or non-governmental realities. The incidents passed on July 1 and October 21, according to a document submitted by China this month to the United Nations Office for External Space Affairs, according to media reports.

Criminating the US from ignoring its scores under the convention posing severe trouble to the astronauts, Zhao prompted Washington to take measures to help similar close hassles from passing again and act in a responsible manner.
The CSS Tiangong has stayed in a near-indirect route at an altitude of around 390 km above the earth since it was launched on April 29. Since its launch, China has transferred two batches of three astronauts to make the under-construction CSS which was anticipated to be ready by the coming time.

In October, China transferred three astronauts, including a woman.
Billed as the most prestigious and strategically important space design for China, the low route space station would be the country’s eye in the sky, furnishing round the timepiece raspberry’s- eye view on the rest of the world. Once ready, China will be the only country to enjoy a space station while the geriatric International Space Station (ISS) of Russia is a cooperative design of several countries.
CSS is anticipated to be a contender to the ISS and maybe may come a sole space station to remain in route once the ISS retires.

A hassle

The Hong Kong-grounded South Morning Post reported that from May 16 to June 24, the Starlink-1095 satellite maintained a steady descent from its original 555 km- altitude route to around 382 km, and also stayed there, posing the threat of implicit collusion with CSS.

Following this, the CSS was forced to conduct a fugitive maneuver on July 1 when the two-spacecraft had a close hassle, according to China’s note posted on the website of the UN Office for External Space Affairs. The other satellite, the Starlink-2305, also continuously changed its route in October with an unknown maneuver strategy and unassessable orbital crimes, again forcing the CSS to apply collision-avoidance control, it said.

According to satellite tracking information, Starlink-1095 continued to descend until it entered the atmosphere and burnt out in September, while the Starlink-2305 climbed from a 350 km route to 550 km from October to November.

When two spacecraft are ringing at the same height, there’s a threat of crossing paths and collisions, the report said. US entrepreneur Musk is the author-CEO of SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies), which operates the Starlink internet satellites and has formerly transferred further than satellites into space since 2019. SpaceX has said that its Starlink satellites are equipped with independent route-changing features to avoid collisions and that other spacecraft don’t need to maneuver in case of a hassle, the Post report said. In March, SpaceX inked an agreement with US space agency NASA promising to steer Starlink satellites out of the way if they got too close to the ISS or other Nasa spacecraft.

It also agreed to launch its satellites into original routeways that didn’t come within three country miles (5 km) of the ISS or other Nasa spacecraft, according to the Post report. Piecemeal from SpaceX, other marketable companies have also blazoned plans to further colonize space with their own internet service constellations, including Amazon, OneWeb, and Telstar.



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