This week, for a period of time, it seems that the orbit of the Earth between two space junk may be affected, possibly causing harm to other satellites. The two pieces of space junk include a dead Soviet satellite and an abandoned Chinese booster rocket. The two approached each other on Thursday night and nearly collided.
A company called LeoLabs, a private space tracking company, uses ground-based radar to track objects in space and predicts that the probability of a collision is 10% or higher. The company’s chief executive said that although the likelihood of a crash is high, it is not uncommon. The US military has predicted that the probability of these objects colliding is almost zero.
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Jah said his data showed that there were dozens of potential collisions at any given moment. He also said that the expired satellite and the rocket booster are expected to be within 72 meters of each other. However, he cannot determine whether the object will collide until the event passes.
The CEO of LeoLabs stated that his company hopes to raise public awareness of the incident because they are large and in relatively clean orbits compared to the two nearby objects. The company also hopes to raise general awareness of the issue of space debris in order to encourage the private sector to clean it up. He said that several times a week, satellites are within 100 meters of each other.