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Mo’ Space Junk

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Space Junk Spreads, Creating Risk of No-Go Zones for Satellites

by Todd Shields 

Space Shuttle Endeavour Makes Last Trip To ISS Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly
© Photographer: NASA/Getty Images North AmericaSpace Shuttle Endeavour Makes Last Trip To ISS Under Command Of Astronaut Mark Kelly

(Bloomberg) — The Russian missile test that shattered a dead satellite this week highlights a growing threat of space debris just as companies such as SpaceX and Boeing Co. make plans to launch as many as 65,000 commercial spacecraft into orbit in coming years.

The anti-satellite weapon smashed a Russian orbiter into at least 1,500 pieces, forming a belt of debris hurtling around the Earth at speeds up to 17,000 miles an hour. It forced ground control to awaken the sleeping crew of the International Space Station and ask them to close hatches and scramble into docked spacecraft for safety.

It also added to the amount of junk speeding through space thanks to failed satellites, discarded rocket boosters and weapons tests. This just as technology entrepreneurs and defense companies have announced plans to deploy constellations of satellites, adding to about 4,550 from all countries currently in orbit. 

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Posted on November 19, 2021 by Editor

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