Elon Musk’s new satellites are ‘falling out of the sky’ in headache for SpaceX

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    Elon Musk's brand new Starlink satellites are already falling out of the sky, in what could prove to be an expensive headache for SpaceX.

    Last month, SpaceX launched 21 of its next-generation Starlink satellites into orbit in order to upgrade connectivity to its powerful satellite broadband service.

    However, according to astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, one of the new Starlink satellites fell out of the sky and reentered Earth's atmosphere earlier this week.

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    Mr McDowell, who tracks SpaceX's satellite activity, also claimed 'there are currently at least 14 actively on their way down'.

    The satellite almost certainly burned up as it reentered the atmosphere.

    The new Starlink satellites are called V2 Minis, and are smaller versions of the firm's bigger satellites designed to help SpaceX increase its coverage and broadband capacity.

    Last month, Musk took to Twitter to confirm there are issues with SpaceX's new satellites. He wrote: "Lot of new technology in Starlink V2, so we're experiencing some issues, as expected."

    Musk added: "Some [satellites] will be deorbited, others will be tested thoroughly before raising altitude above Space Station."

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    Starlink is a satellite broadband service offered by SpaceX.

    Instead of using copper cables like traditional broadband companies, it uses a huge satellite array in near-Earth orbit to fire superfast Internet to devices almost anywhere in the world.

    It can be a much faster way to access the Internet, particularly in rural areas where broadband coverage is thin.

    However, it doesn't come cheap. UK customers can expect to pay hundreds of pounds for the Starlink hardware as well as an 'activation fee' and monthly subscription cost.


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