In Earth's orbit, two pieces of comic debris missed each other - according to researchers, their collision could
Scientists noted that a collision could occurat an altitude of 991 km above the Earth, the resulting fragments from the collision would remain in orbit for a long time. They would pose a significant threat to active satellites, and it would take millions of dollars to remove them to a safe distance.
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Scientists have previously expressed concern abouta segment of an old Russian satellite (COSMOS 2004) and a wreck of a Chinese rocket (CZ-4C R / B). Experts estimate that these two pieces of space debris will travel less than 25 meters from each other, so there is a high risk that they will collide. Moreover, their total weight is more than 2800 kg, and the speed is 53 thousand km / h.
In the event of a collision in orbit, it coulda large amount of debris formed. According to the company, the probability of collision ranged from 1 to 20%. LeoLabs warned that the number of such dangerous events in the future will only grow.
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