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China complains about near-misses with SpaceX satellites


December 27, 2021

The Chinese government has filed a complaint with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, claiming that its space station had to take evasive action to dodge starlink satellites on two occasions this year.

The complaint, lodged with the UN earlier this month, alleges that a Starlink satellite in April dropped from its regular orbit of 555 kilometers above the earth to 382 kilometers (237 miles) ​​– close to the China Space Station’s (CSS) orbit of around 390 kilometers (242 miles). This change in orbit made a collision possible, and Beijing said that the crew of the CSS were forced to “conduct an evasive manoeuvre” to avoid this possibility.

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