Space Junk Could Destroy Satellites, Hurt Economies

  • Estimated 170 million pieces of so-called ‘space junk’ orbiting Earth
  • Only 22,000 of these are tracked – and reach speeds above 27,000kmh

The growing amount of fast-moving space debris orbiting the Earth could lead to catastrophic collisions with satellites, hurting economies, researchers warned Wednesday ahead of a summit to coordinate efforts to remove the junk.

There are an estimated 170 million pieces of so-called ‘space junk’ – left behind after missions that can be as big as spent rocket stages or as small as paint flakes – in orbit alongside some US$700 billion of space infrastructure.

But only 22,000 are tracked, and with the fragments able to travel at speeds above 27,000kmh (16,777 mph), even tiny pieces could seriously damage or destroy satellites.

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One Response to Space Junk Could Destroy Satellites, Hurt Economies

  1. dougstall says:

    Here is the solution. Project Sandfall, a method to clean up Space Debris:
    https://orbidyne.wordpress.com/

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