Inadequate space weather forecasting caused the demise of the SpaceX Starlink satellite, study finds

Even small solar flares can have huge impacts on the environment around Earth, space weather experts have learned after SpaceX lost 40 brand new satellites in February after launching into a “mild” geomagnetic storm. In a new study, a team of researchers outlines how to correct weather forecasts in space in the future, to prevent companies from steering their craft into such “treacherous waters.”

At the end of January this year, a burst of hot magnetized plasma erupted from the Sun direction Soilcausing space weather forecasters from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to issue a mild geomagnetic storm warning.

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