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originally posted by: AlecHolland
a reply to: gortex
Why would you hope Starlink fails?
Much of this increase is down to the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations being launched by the new satellite firms. Satellites from Elon Musk’s company are now flying within 1km of other companies’ satellites around 500 times per week, and its own satellites even more.
"I have looked at the data going back to May 2019 when Starlink was first launched to understand the burden of these mega-constellations," Lewis told Space.com. "Since then, the number of encounters picked up by the Socrates database has more than doubled and now we are in a situation where Starlink accounts for half of all encounters."
Starlink accounts for around 60 percent of all conjunctions within 1 km or less – more than 14,000 times per week – and nearly 40 percent of all conjunctions with miss distances of 5 km or less. OneWeb accounts for 2.5 percent and ~3.5 percent of such events, respectively.
originally posted by: billxam
Although I'm strictly a lay person on these issues, logic would dictate that putting a pause on the starship project and focusing on other proven launch platforms would be a better use of company resources.
My understanding is that they're going to need a boatload of the raptor engines for starship each launch while from what I understand, the Merlins are reused. Seems like slowing down or stopping unproven in favor of well proven launch platforms would be best for the company.