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Starlink Warns of “Degraded Service” Amid Biggest Geomagnetic Storm in 20 Years

On Saturday, Starlink, the satellite arm of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, warned of a “degraded service” as Earth faces its most significant geomagnetic storm in two decades due to heightened solar activity.

Starlink, which owns around 60% of the approximately 7,500 satellites orbiting Earth, is a dominant player in satellite internet. Elon Musk noted on X that while the Starlink satellites are under considerable pressure from the geomagnetic storm, they are holding up so far.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that this storm is the largest since October 2003 and is expected to persist over the weekend, posing risks to navigation systems, power grids, and satellite navigation services, among others.

Starlink’s thousands of satellites in low-Earth orbit use inter-satellite laser links to transmit data between each other at the speed of light, enabling the network to provide global internet coverage.

Source: Reuters

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