Better space weather forecasts could have saved SpaceX’s Starlink satellites from the solar storm

Even small solar flares can have devastating consequences for the environment around Earth, space weather experts learned after SpaceX lost 40 new satellites in February after launching in a “moderate” geomagnetic storm. In a new study, a team of researchers outlines how to fix future space weather forecasts, to prevent companies from sending their vehicles into such “treacherous waters.”

In late January this year, an explosion of hot magnetized plasma erupted from the sun towards a landprompting space weather forecasters at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to issue a moderate geomagnetic storm warning.

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