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China says SpaceX satellites practically collided with its three-member crew area station

China says SpaceX satellites practically collided with its three-member crew area station

BEIJING (AP) — China is asking on the US to guard a Chinese language area station and its three-member crew after Beijing complained that satellites launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX practically struck the station.

A overseas ministry spokesman accused Washington on Tuesday of ignoring its treaty obligations to guard the protection of the Tiangong station’s three-member crew following the July 1 and Oct. 21 incidents.

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The Tiangong carried out “evasive maneuvers” to “forestall a possible collision” with Starlink satellites launched by House Exploration Applied sciences Corp., the federal government mentioned in a Dec. 6 criticism to the U.N. Committee on the Peaceable Makes use of of Outer House.

The US ought to “take speedy measures to forestall such incidents from taking place once more,” mentioned the spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

Zhao accused Washington of failing to hold out its obligations to “defend the protection of astronauts” below a 1967 treaty on the peaceable use of area.

The American Embassy in Beijing didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Musk is also chairman of electrical automobile producer Tesla, Inc. The corporate opened its first manufacturing unit outdoors the US in Shanghai in 2019.

The Tiangong, nevertheless, is a status venture for the ruling Communist Celebration, making it unlikely Beijing would tolerate disruption even by a serious overseas investor in China.

The principle module of the Tiangong was launched in April. Its first crew returned to Earth in September following a 90-day mission. The second crew of two males and one lady arrived on Oct. 16 for a six-month mission.

SpaceX plans to launch some 2,000 Starlink satellites as a part of a worldwide web system to carry web entry to underserved areas. In its thirty fourth and newest launch, SpaceX despatched 52 satellites into orbit aboard a rocket Dec. 18.

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