Elon Musk’s SpaceX Satellites Nearly Hit China’s Space Stations Twice, According to China

by Samantha Whidden

Some interesting things are happening in space, apparently. The Chinese government recently reported that a couple of Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellites were nearly hit by the Chinese space station. 

According to the New York Post, the country issued a statement to the United Nations. It revealed that a space station took evasive action to avoid colliding with the SpaceX satellites. The incidents occurred in July and October. 

The SpaceX satellites notably drifted perilously close to the China space station. China reported that this situation in return potentially put the life or health of astronauts on board the station in danger. “For safety reasons, the China Space Station implemented preventive collision avoidance control.”

The media outlet also revealed that the SpaceX satellites involved in the alleged incidents were among the nearly 2,000 that are by the company’s Starlink Internet Services division. China asked the UN to remind nations that have signed the Outer Space Treaty International agreement that they “bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space. Whether such activities are carried on by governmental agencies or by non-governmental entities.

The U.S. is part of the treaty. SpaceX did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Elon Musk Reveals That SpaceX Will Conduct First Orbital Flight of Starship in January 2022

According to TechCrunch, Elon Musk announced at the National Academies’ first virtual joint fall meeting o the Space Studies Board and the Board of Physics and Astronomy that SpaceX will be conducting the first orbital flight of Starship in January 2022. 

The SpaceX owner also says he anticipates that the first orbital flight of Starship will occur next month. Dozens or possibly more launches will also happen through the rest of 2022. However, he then explained that the first orbital launch is not likely to be successful. But he’s “comfortable” Starship will reach orbit at some point in the next twelve months. 

This kind of prediction is notably not surprising, the media outlet reports. Musk has made previously predictions before about when Starship might attempt an orbital launch. The predictions all depended on the regulatory review of SpaceX’s Boca Chica launch site, Starbase. This review is by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

TechCrunch also reports that the Federal Aviation Administration states it anticipates the review will be complete by December 31st. So Musk’s prediction that a launch will likely happen in January 2022 is not too far off. 

Musk also says that his vision of SpaceX’s Starship as a tool that will make humans “truly multi-planetary” for the first time in history. He also states that the ship is a “generalized transport mechanism for the greater solar system.” 

Musk goes on to add that the transport is also for the moon, Mars, and other planets.