July 4, 2022

Elon Musk criticised after China space complaint to UN

Elon Musk is facing a social media backlash after China complained that its space station was forced to avoid collisions with satellites launched by his Starlink Internet Services project.

The country’s space station had two “close encounters” with Starlink satellites this year, Beijing claimed.

The incidents behind the complaints, lodged with the UN’s space agency, have not yet been independently verified.

Starlink is a satellite internet network operated by Mr Musk’s SpaceX.

Mr Musk is well known in China even as his electric carmaker Tesla comes under growing scrutiny from regulators.

The incidents occurred on 1 July and 21 October, according to a document submitted by China this month to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

“For security reasons, the China Space Station carried out preventive crash aversion control,” Beijing said in the report distributed on the office’s site.

SpaceX didn’t quickly react to a solicitation for input from the BBC.

Later the objection was disclosed, Mr Musk, Starlink and the US were intensely condemned on China’s Twitter-like Weibo microblogging stage.

One client depicted Starlink’s satellites as “simply a heap of room garbage”.

The satellites are “American space fighting weapons” and “Musk is a new ‘weapon’ made by the US government and military”, others said.

One more posted: “The dangers of Starlink are by and large continuously uncovered, the entire human race will pay for their business exercises.”

China likewise blamed the US for placing space travelers in peril by disregarding commitments under space deals.

Unfamiliar service representative Zhao Lijian said China was encouraging the US to act mindfully.

Researchers have voiced worries about the dangers of impacts in space and approached world state run administrations to share data about the assessed 30,000 satellites and other space garbage that are circling Earth.

SpaceX has as of now sent off very nearly 1,900 satellites as a feature of the Starlink organization, and plans to convey thousands more.

Last month, the US space organization Nasa unexpectedly delayed a spacewalk from the International Space Station over worries about space garbage.