Space Collision Demonstrates Orbital Clutter

February 19th, 2009

Posted by: admin

Last week a defunct Russian satellite collided with an Iridium telecommunications satellite.  While this is supposedly the first known (or at least publicized) collision between two intact satellites, the crash has raised concerns over the thousands of objects orbiting the Earth.  As the article linked to indicates, there is monitoring of so-called space ‘junk’, but with an increase in spacefaring nations, and ultimately private entities moving from suborbital to orbital trips, the amount of ‘junk’ will get to a point where collisions will no longer be so rare.  At that point, will monitoring be sufficient?  I don’t know.  But I do think it’s an issue worth discussing in appropriate fora.

2 Responses to “Space Collision Demonstrates Orbital Clutter”

  1. Oliver Morton Says:

    We have some further details and discussion at Nature:
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  3. Oliver Morton Says:

    Sorry: wrong leader