NASA and SpaceX signed a joint agreement to improve space safety. The aim of this agreement is to avoid ‘conjunction and launch collision’. That’s between NASA spacecraft and the large constellation of SpaceX Starlink satellites.
“Society depends on space-based capabilities for global communications, navigation, weather forecasting, and much more,” NASA said Saturday.
With the commercial companies launching more and more satellites, increasing communications is vital.
This all is needed to ensure a safe space environment. The Starlink spacecraft also comes with global navigation satellite service receivers to estimate orbital parameters. Furthermore, it is an autonomous manoeuvreing capability providing data for a prompt exchange of information.
Besides, this enhanced participation will benefit both NASA and SpaceX. This will be done by ensuring all parties involved are fully aware of the exact location of the spacecraft and debris in orbit.
Now the Starlink satellites will autonomously ensure the missions of NASA science satellites. And other assets will operate uninterrupted from a collision avoidance perspective.