Nasa and SpaceX agree deal to avoid catastrophic space collisions


Nasa and SpaceX have come to an agreement stating that they will avoid collisions with each other.

The agreement covers “conjunction avoidance and launch collision avoidance…  as well as related rideshare missions,” according to a Nasa press release, due to the high number of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites that are now in orbit.

“Society depends on space-based capabilities for global communications, navigation, weather forecasting, and much more,” said acting Nasa Administrator Steve Jurczyk.

“With commercial companies launching more and more satellites, it’s critical we increase communications, exchange data, and establish best practices to ensure we all maintain a safe space environment.”

SpaceX is expected to continue to launch satellites until it forms a constellation of up to 40,000, but there have been pushback from competitors and astrologers about security and scientific concerns.


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