China protests near-collision with SpaceX satellite

China lodged a formal protest with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in December, pointing out that SpaceX’s Starlink satellites almost collided with China’s Tiangong Space Station on two occasions earlier this year.   

On both occasions, the Starlink X satellites forced the Tiangong Space Station to take evasive action to avoid a collision. 

In addition to this diplomatic protest, China’s official state newspaper Xinhua published an editorial criticising the US for endangering the lives of its Tiangong astronauts, reminding the US of its responsibilities under the UN Outer Space Treaty and pointing out the US’ double standard as it advocates for the responsible use of outer space, yet its recent behavior shows otherwise. 

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