SpaceX Starlink satellite disintegrates over Spain


The disintegration of a Starlink satellite that the company SpaceX put into orbit on January 24, 2021 to provide Internet communications has generated tonight a spectacular fireball over Spain that could be seen from multiple points of the country.

This fireball has been recorded by the detectors that the Southwest European Meteor and Fireball Network (SWEMN Network) operates in different observatories in the country, working in the framework of the SMART Project, coordinated from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC).

The satellite that originated the fireball entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a speed of about 27,000 kilometers per hour at 23:00 hours yesterday January 23.

It would be a Starlink satellite, with a mass of about 260 kilograms, which the company SpaceX put into orbit on January 24, 2021 in order to provide Internet communications.

The abrupt friction with the atmosphere at this enormous speed caused the object to become incandescent, thus generating a fireball that started at an altitude of about 100 kilometers above a point located north of Morocco, almost on the border with Algeria.

From there it advanced in a northwesterly direction and along its trajectory the satellite was fragmenting, so that several fireballs could be seen advancing in parallel as each of these fragments became incandescent.

According to the information available at this moment, the fireball would have crossed the whole Iberian Peninsula and finally would have reached Asturias, where it would have finished its trajectory over the Cantabrian Sea.

Therefore, any possible fragment of the satellite that survived its abrupt passage through the Earth’s atmosphere would have fallen into the sea.

However, the case is still under study in case new information could be useful to obtain more data.

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High rates of satellite failure leave dead, unmaneuverable satellites in orbit. The new large constellations will dramatically worsen this problem.

All of this debris, computers, electronic and chemical waste, radioactive elements, weapons, dead satellites, rocket parts, and dust come down. Aerospace officials and agencies, including the FCC, talk nonsense about “disposal” via “safe” de-orbitting and vaporization, as if the waste simply disappears.

The reality is that de-orbitting and vaporization create new problems — exploding burning debris, aerosolizing toxins, metals, paints, fuels, and other chemicals. They fall into the lower atmosphere to pollute the soil, ocean, waters, and air we breathe. “Vaporized” means it explodes into tiny particles and dust.

With these large constellations of short lifespan, increasing failures, and launch rocket debris, a barrage of debris and fall-out and increasing atmospheric dust are just beginning.

All of this debris burns at very hot temperatures as it re-enters the atmosphere, with big and little chunks landing everywhere. Exponential increases in fall-out increases the risk for fires, injuries, deaths, and property damage. A large chunk of space debris fell into a Michigan family’s yard and just missed hitting anyone. Hot debris fell in Chile last year causing fires. A Russian satellite that was supposed to stay in orbit for ten thousand years fell out of orbit this month and possibly landed in the Pacific Ocean.

Musk/SpaceX, who has stated
nuking Mars and saying the U.S. can coup whatever country it wants for rare earth minerals such as lithium.

Nice guy​:persevere:

It’s time to strip back the curtain, aerospace moguls, and rocket scientists are not heroes they are destroying the Earth.

All of this debris, computers, electronic and chemical waste, radioactive elements, weapons, dead satellites, rocket parts, and dust come down. Aerospace officials and agencies, including the FCC, talk nonsense about “disposal” via “safe” de-orbitting and vaporization, as if the waste simply disappears.

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More SpaceX debris. This time it looks like Earth's Moon is going to get hit.

Runaway SpaceX rocket in orbit for 7 years expected to crash into the moon

An errant SpaceX rocket that’s been zipping through space for seven years is expected to finally come crashing down — into the moon.

The upper stage of the Falcon 9 rocket, which became detached from the craft in 2015, is predicted to hit the moon on March 4, the Guardian said in a report.

The hunk of rocket already “made a close lunar flyby on January 5,” said Bill Gray, a data analyst and writer on space-junk issues.

“The bulk of the moon is in the way,” Gray said. “And even if it were on the near side, the impact occurs a couple of days after New Moon.”

He said the rocket section weighs more than 4 tons but is unlikely to make a significant dent on the moon, the outlet said.

The rocket, part of Elon Musk’s space program, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in February 2015 to deploy a weather satellite, Newsweek reported.

The runaway section didn’t have the juice to come back into Earth’s orbit and instead went hurtling into space — and toward the moon, the magazine said.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer with the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, confirmed that the rocket will likely hit the moon — but so what?

“For those asking: yes, an old Falcon 9 second stage left in high orbit in 2015 is going to hit the moon on March 4,” McDowell tweeted on Tuesday. “It’s interesting, but not a big deal.”

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