SpaceX’s Starlink leaking radio waves, may interfere with radio astronomy

A recent study has revealed that the satellites in SpaceX’s Starlink constellation are emitting low-frequency radio waves that could interfere with radio astronomy. The leaked radio waves are separate from the satellites’ designated downlink bands, potentially impacting our ability to study space. The research used the LOFAR network in Europe to detect electromagnetic leakage from 47 out of the 68 observed Starlink satellites. Although the emission is unintentional and within current regulations, the concern grows as the number of satellites in orbit increases. SpaceX is working on solutions to reduce or eliminate this unintended leakage, while regulators seek to address the issue.


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