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Two Satellites crash. intentional?
Where was the Satellites located at the time of impact? Is there a central location that tracks all Satellites? Was it a military Satellite? What are the odds of this happening naturally?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Over Siberia, but that was plain luck, the collision could also have happened at the opposite intersection. All spacefaring countries have their own tracking network and all countries cooperate. Iridium LLC had advance warning of the possible collision from the US Space Surveillance Network, but did either decide to gamble with the odds (the position of satellites is not perfectly known and the errors increase if you predict into the future), not wasting fuel and satellite lifetime for evading the Russian space debris, or failed to do such a maneuver.
The Russian satellite was dead for over 10 years, it finally failed in 1998, after 5 more or less troubled years as military communication satellite. Iridium 33 is a satellite mobile phone communication satellite, which is mostly used by the US Air force. It was launched 10 years ago on a Russian Proton rocket.
The odds are currently at one collision in 10 years, if you don't perform an avoidance maneuver - which Iridium 33 obviously did not do.
- CalibanLv 71 decade ago
NORAD and JPL (Jet Propulsion Labs - Pasadena) track satellites.
The satellite was a communications satellite, but within hours it was replaced by one of the four spares that were in similar obits. The odds are increasing with every satellite launch; there are thousand of satellites and space debris orbiting our planet. The collisions occur when something (debris or satellite) goes into orbital degrade. It falls out of a preplanned orbit as gravity slowly pulls and slows it out of orbit. Result: intersects other planned orbits or burns up in Earth's upper atmosphere.
- B.Lv 71 decade ago
Of course it was not intentional. Who would be willing to throw away millions of dollars that it costs to put a satellite in orbit just to smash it up? Satellites each have their own purpose for being in orbit. Nearly every purpose results in the generation of more money for its owner. Not only would the owner lose the money it takes to put the satellite in orbit but it will now lose the money that it would generate if it were functioning. No this was definitely not intentional.