| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Solar storm causes the loss of 40 satellites

The space exploration technology company, known commercially as “SpaceX”, said that a geomagnetic storm caused by a huge radiation flux from the sun destroyed at least 40 of the 49 satellites that the company recently launched within its Internet communications network Starlink.

Scientific sources considered that the accident is believed to be the largest mass loss of satellites due to a single magnetic storm. According to SpaceX, the speed and intensity of the solar storm significantly increased the density of the atmosphere at the satellite’s low orbit, causing increased friction or drag and destroying at least 40 of them..

  • Sawt Beirut International