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Inadequate space weather forecasts caused failure of SpaceX Starlink satellite, study finds

Inadequate space weather forecasts caused failure of SpaceX Starlink satellite, study finds

Inadequate space weather forecasts caused failure of SpaceX Starlink satellite, study finds

Even small solar flares can have huge consequences for the environment around Earth, space weather experts have learned after SpaceX lost 40 brand new satellites in February after launching them into a “mild” geomagnetic storm. In a new study, a team of researchers describes how to fix future space weather forecasts to prevent companies from sending their spacecraft into such “treacherous waters.”

At the end of January this year, an eruption of hot magnetized plasma erupted from the sun according to Earthprompting forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to issue a mild geomagnetic storm warning.





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