Satellite surveillance firm Liolaps said on Wednesday that inactive objects could fall within 39 feet of each other and have a 10% chance of colliding with ET at 8:56 p.m. The company considered the potential accident to be “extremely high risk”.
“This phenomenon is constantly at high risk, and it will be at the time of the close approach,” Liolabs tweeted.
Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astronomical Center, said the two objects were passive Soviet navigation satellites. [Kosmos 2004] It was launched in 1989 and is a Chinese rocket platform.
As of Tuesday, objects – approximately three metric tons – were in low Earth orbit at an altitude of 615 miles, LeoLops said.
Because objects are located above the ground, they pose no danger to anyone on earth. However, an accident can cause more debris to orbit the earth, which increases the risk of future collisions.
Debris can also threaten astronauts.
“If it turns into a collision, it’s thousands to tens of thousands of new debris, which can cause headaches in low Earth orbit above or beyond any satellite,” said Don Sepperly, CEO of Liolaps. Business Insider. “It could be a much bigger problem than a lot of people realized.”
As of February this year, 128 million garbage objects are in orbit European Space Agency. Of those materials, about 34,000 are more than 10 cm.
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