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SpaceX loses contact with five percent of new Starlink satellites
Posted: Sun, Jul 7, 2019, 10:16 AM ET (1416 GMT)
SpaceX says it has lost contact with three of the 60 Starlink satellites it launched in May. In a statement, SpaceX said 45 of the 60 satellites had reached their operational orbits with 10 more either raising their orbits or undergoing checkouts. Two satellites deliberately lowered their orbits as a deorbiting test. The company said that the low orbits the satellites operate in ensure that satellites that malfunction can passively deorbit in a matter of a few years.
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