SpaceX Starlink: We’ve successfully deorbited 99% of our failed satellites; 2,900 Starlinks have laser communications

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — SpaceX Starlink defended its space safety and debris-mitigation practices and record and said it has successfully deorbited 99% of the satellites that have failed.

Addressing the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Baku, Azerbaijan, the company said coordination among constellation operators remains “a big safety concern” as some governments and companies refused to share precise data on their constellation with other operators.

“We are trying to lead by example here, and share the ephemeris data publicly,” said Michael Nicolls, SpaceX vice president . . .

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