Three units from the constellation of 60 Starlink satellites were successfully launched in May by SpaceX, the US-based entrepreneur Elon Musk, they have lost touch with the earth and they have stopped working, informs Business Insider, citing the statement of a spokesman for the company.
In parallel, the company announces its intention to desorbs other two satellites intentionally "simulate the end of the process". "Three satellites that originally communicated with the earth, but which are no longer in service, will passively desorb," says the comunidado.
But the representatives of the company They haven't detailed what happened to their units.
The Falcon 9 two-stage rocket, manufactured by SpaceX, was launched and circulated with the first 60 Starlink satellites on the night of May 23 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Florida, USA).
The goal of Musk goes through create a constellation of 12,000 satellites to offer broadband networks to all corners of the world from low ground.
After the launch of the set of artificial satellites, Dutch amateur star Marco Langbroek managed to capture video how they crossed the night sky at high speed, moving at the same time and with very little space between them. The author of the recording compares the images with a "train", because the light of the satellite is similar to the car's burning window in the dark.
On the other hand, different astronomers consider the constellation of these 60 satellites to be harmful to science. Experts fear that the satellite system will interfere with visual observations and even radio astronomy.
In that sense Musk he said Starlink would not affect space observations at all and added that "helping billions of economically disadvantaged people is a bigger good".