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StarLink struggles in early stages as satellite trio vanish

SpaceX launched the first 60 StarLink satellites back in May, as part of its plan to create a global broadband network in a low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation. SpaceX’s plan was ambitious, and now it looks like things are not going according to plan. The company recently lost contact with 3 of its new satellites, and given that it wants to launch around 12,000, that’s an unacceptably high failure rate.   Of course, the charitable take is that these are just teething problems in what is not much more than the initial test program, and that these issues will be ironed out in swift fashion. The more cynical take is that a failure rate of 5%, in a communications infrastructure world…

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