Russian and American satellites face off, narrowly avoiding collision

By: 600011 On: Apr 13, 2024, 5:06 PM


Washington: Two satellites narrowly escaped collision in space. The incident took place on February 28. Russia's defunct Cosmos 2221 approaches NASA's Tide observation satellite. Both satellites came within about 10 meters. The direction of both could not be controlled from the ground so there was a possibility of collision. But luckily there was no collision. Experts say that if there had been a collision, a big accident would have happened. If it had collided, there was a possibility that the debris would have hit the ground at high speed. The debris flew at a speed of 16093 km per hour

NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy said that there was also a possibility of debris hitting other satellites. The events were told in a seminar held in Colorado, USA. NASA also introduced a plan to control satellites orbiting the Earth and clean their orbits. More than 10,000 satellites orbit the earth. After 2019, there was a dramatic increase in the number of satellites. It is estimated that obsolete satellites will pose a threat to others.