Elon Musk is receiving adverse reactions on social media after China groused that its space station was compelled to avoid clashes with satellites launched by his Starlink Internet Services project.
Beijing claimed that the country’s space station had two “close encounters” with Starlink satellites this year.
The reasons behind the complaints, registered with the UN’s space agency, are yet to be independently authenticated.
Starlink is a satellite internet network run by SpaceX, owned by Mr. Musk.
Mr. Musk is famous in China even as his electric carmaker Tesla is under increasing scrutiny from regulators.
The incidents happened on 1 July and 21 October, according to a document presented by China this month to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
According to Beijing, in the document published on the agency’s website, due to safety reasons, the China Space Station implemented preventive collision avoidance control.
SpaceX immediately didn’t respond to a request for comment from the BBC.
After the complaint became public, Mr. Musk, Starlink, and the US were immensely criticized on China’s Twitter-like Weibo microblogging platform.
Auser described Starlink’s satellites as “just a pile of space junk”.
The satellites are “American space warfare weapons” and “Musk is a new ‘weapon’ created by the US government and military”, others said.
Another posted: “The risks of Starlink are being gradually exposed, the whole human race will pay for their business activities.”
Additionally, China had alleged that the US is putting astronauts in danger by neglecting obligations under outer space treaties.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China was requesting the US to act responsibly.
Scientists have raised concerns regarding the risks of collisions in space and called on governments worldwide, to share information regarding the 30,000 satellites approximately and other space debris that is orbiting Earth.
Already SpaceX has launched nearly 1,900 satellites as part of the Starlink network and intends to deploy thousands more.
Last month, the US space agency NASAunexpectedly delayed a spacewalk from the International Space Station regarding concerns about space debris.