Elon Musk’s SpaceX says a geomagnetic storm wiped out Starlink satellites 

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The damaged Starlink satellites are deorbiting independently. And they will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere but won’t produce orbital debris.

Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron and LeoLabs have been working closely with SpaceX and Starlink. And they will be providing updates on the satellites based on ground radars.

Elon Musk explains that “These storms cause the atmosphere to warm and atmospheric density at our low deployment altitudes to increase.” 

Geomagnetic storms are triggered by disturbances between Earth’s magnetic field and charged particles from the sun. These particles are known as the solar wind, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center.

Starlink statistics point to the successful launch of over 2,000 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO). Around 1,900 are functioning well.