Paris, 19 March 2021. – NASA and SpaceX have signed an settlement to keep away from collisions between NASA and Starlink satellites, the company stated.
The main target of the settlement is on conjunction avoidance and launch collision avoidance between NASA spacecraft and the big constellation of SpaceX Starlink satellites, in addition to associated rideshare missions, NASA stated.
“With industrial corporations launching increasingly satellites, it’s essential we improve communications, trade knowledge, and set up finest practices to make sure all of us preserve a protected area atmosphere,” stated appearing NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk.
SpaceX has agreed that its Starlink satellites will “autonomously or manually” maneuver to make sure the missions of NASA science satellites and different belongings can function uninterrupted from a collision avoidance perspective, NASA stated.
“Except in any other case knowledgeable by SpaceX, NASA has agreed to not maneuver its belongings within the occasion of a possible conjunction to make sure the events don’t inadvertently maneuver into each other.”
SpaceX has about 1,200 Starlink satellites in orbit.