Skip to comments.European Satellite Dodged Space Debris Hours After Reaching Orbit
Posted on 04/10/2014 12:38:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Yesterday, the European Space Agency disclosed a serious problem early in the Sentinel-1A mission, which lifted off April 3 on a mission to observe the Earth. The spacecraft which reportedly cost 280 million Euros ($384 million) to launch came close to a collision in orbit.
As the first day shift nears its end, a serious alert is received: there is a danger of a collision with a NASA satellite called ACRIMSAT, which has run out of fuel and can no longer be maneuvered. Not much information at the beginning, we are waiting for more information, but a collision avoidance maneuver may be needed. Are you kidding? A collision avoidance maneuver during LEOP [launch and early orbit phase]? This has never been done before, this has not been simulated!
Worse, as controllers looked at the data they realized there was not one, but two possible points of collision. Cue the inevitable Gravity reference, and then a solution: to essentially move the satellite out of the way. The maneuver took about 39 seconds, and safely skirted Sentinel-1A out of danger.
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An European environmental satellite taken out by NASA debris? That would be rich.
NASA just clearing the skies for a future fleet of Islamic satellites.
Hell send up their technology - rugs.