Starlink Satellites Are Leaking Radiation: Study Confirm
Scientists have confirmed that SpaceX's Starlink satellite constellation, aimed at providing affordable internet to remote areas, emits radiation.
Since its establishment in 2015, SpaceX, led by Elon Musk, has deployed more than 4,200 operational satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) as part of the project.
Astronomical observations are hindered by the brightness and abundance of SpaceX's satellites, making it challenging for scientists to study the night sky.
Satellites utilize radio frequencies between 10.7 and 12.7 gigahertz for communication downlink, particularly in Europe, raising concerns among researchers.
During a recent six-month period, Starlink satellites performed 25,000 avoidance maneuvers, indicating that the orbital scenario is expected to become increasingly difficult.
The radiation emitted by onboard electronics on the Starlink satellites was tracked using observations from the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope in the Netherlands.
In the coming years, Elon Musk's private space venture plans to launch 12,000 satellites, with a total goal of an astonishing 42,000 satellites.