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A Geomagnetic Storm Just Wrecked 49 of Musk’s Satellites

Apart from ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station and building a giant rocket that will take people to the moon and Mars one day, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has another hustle that’s pretty important to its business plan: building out a satellite network that can deliver broadband internet to any and all parts of the world. That project, called Starlink, just hit a major hiccup this week.

In a blog post published Tuesday evening, SpaceX revealed that the 49 Starlink satellites launched Feb. 3 were hit by a geomagnetic storm the very next day. The resulting atmospheric drag prevented many of them from reaching their intended orbit around Earth. At least 40 of those satellites won’t make it to their destinations, and will instead be destroyed in the atmosphere as they fall back to the planet. Read more…

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