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The Asian nation complained to the United Nations that its space station was forced to avoid two collisions. Satellites were launched For businessman billionaire Elon Musk’s Starling project.
This year the Chinese station held two “close encounters” with the Starling satellites, an Internet hosting company operated by SpaceX, also owned by Musk.
The incidents reported by Beijing to the United Nations (UN) space agency have not been independently verified.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.
However, in an interview The Financial Times Released on Wednesday, Musk argued that space.Massive“There is room for billions of satellites, not to mention the controversy with China in particular.
The event took place on July 1 and October 21, according to documents submitted by Beijing to the UN.
“For security reasons, the Chinese space station implemented a blockade Avoid conflictsBeijing said in the complaint.
Following the news of the incident, Musk, Starling and the United States received rave reviews on the Chinese social networking site Weibo.
“The dangers of Starling are gradually being exposed. All men will pay For their economic activities, ”one user said.
China has also accused the United States of endangering astronauts by neglecting space contract obligations.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China was urging the United States to take action Responsibly.
Scientists have expressed their concern about the dangers of space collisions and called on world governments to share information about the 30,000 satellites and other space debris orbiting the Earth.
SpaceX has already launched 1,900 satellites su Red Starling It plans to provide low-cost internet and put thousands more in orbit.
Last month NASA postponed a last-minute spacewalk from the International Space Station due to the risk of colliding with space debris.
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