'Very high risk' defunct Russian satellite and Chinese rocket body will collide

Dead Soviet satellite and Chinese rocket could crash in space

Dead Soviet satellite and Chinese rocket could crash in space

Experts believe an unholy Russian Satellite and a rejection Chinese Rockets can break each other High above the earth On Thursday, according to reports.

As of Tuesday, objects with a mass of about three metric tons were in low-earth orbit at an altitude of about 615 miles, Leo Labs said. If enough debris filled Earth's orbit, there would be great danger to active satellites and even rocket launches.

And given the altitude of nearly 1,000km, the resulting fragments would stay around for an extremely long time, posing a threat to operational satellites. However, a crash could cause more debris in the Earth's orbit, increasing the risk of future collisions.

The debris could destroy other satellites, which could cause outages for services as diverse as broadband, the tracking of goods, and environmental monitoring, he said on Thursday. "So it'll be up there for a while".

Any impact would likely be felt over time, rather than immediately, as the debris spread out over a period of weeks to form a "belt of debris" almost 1000km above the Earth, he had warned.

LeoLabs will track junk space tonight to see if it collides.

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Artist's impression released September 1, 2011 by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the debris field in low-Earth orbit (LEO) which extends to 2000 km above the Earth's surface, which is based on actual data, not items in their actual size or density. In January, a decommissioned space telescope and an experimental U.S. payload passed within about 47 meters of one another.

As in the recent month of January, there is no way to contact any of the defunct beings and make them change their position out of harm's way.

So what is this 'junk?' It's a retired navigation satellite that was launched in 1989, and the ChangZheng-4C Y4 third stage rocket that was sent up in 2009.

The chance of collision is complicated by the shape of the spacecraft since the Parus satellite has a 17-metre (56-foot) boom that could close the projected gap between the objects.

The concern over an increase in large collisions relates to the potential of triggering the Kessler Syndrome, where access to space becomes increasingly hard as more and more junk clutters orbit. "But we'll have to wait", Gorman told ScienceAlert.

The objects are expected to pass - or collide - at around 9 p.m. EST.

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