Since the beginning of this year 2022 you can already reserve Starlink in Spain, Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service, which was already in beta mode in our country and which has been proposed as the solution to bring Internet of high speed to the emptied Spain, that is, to the rural areas of our country with poor Internet access.
In any case, the arrival of Starlink has encountered several obstacles. On the one hand, it took time to receive its first authorization to use frequencies of the public domain radio spectrum. On the other hand, the weather could pose problems for its future deployment.
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Today it has become known that in the United States 40 of the 49 Starlink satellites that the company launched in February were destroyed by a geomagnetic storm, also called a solar storm. It would not be unusual for it to happen here too if we remember that a few weeks ago a Starlink satellite disintegrated upon re-entering the atmosphere.
What has the solar storm done
The satellites began to fall due to a solar storm. This has led to “up to 50% more resistance than during previous releases”. This means that the launched satellites could not reach their proper orbit around the Earth and will be disintegrated with the atmosphere without reaching their destination.
Geomagnetic or solar storms are a temporary disturbance that can be caused by a shock wave of solar wind and that interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field. Storms cause the atmosphere to heat up and the atmospheric density to increase at the low altitudes of the deployment, as our colleagues at Xataka explain.
These phenomena are a threat to the Internet in general and also to electricity. And in fact, the idea that the international electricity grid could be compromised by a solar storm, a massive atmospheric phenomenon or a (cyber)terrorist attack has been on the table of governments, companies and military commanders for years.