Aug 16, 2021

How Do Starlink Satellites Navigate To Their Final Operational Orbits

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When SpaceX deploy batches of Starlink satellites they drop them off in lower orbits and expect the satellites themselves to navigate towards their final operational orbits. This is quite a complex process and one that’s worth discussing, the satellites need to be able to reach the target orbital plane, raise the orbit to operational altitude, and then finally maneuver to a specific slot within that plane before they become operational.

Satellite Orbital Maps by Celestrak.

Starlink Map by Mike Puchol.

Deployment plots by Elias Eccli.

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