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European Satellite Dodged Space Debris Hours After Reaching Orbit ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Howell on

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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TOPICS: Business/Economy

1 posted on 04/10/2014 12:38:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

An European environmental satellite taken out by NASA debris? That would be rich.

2 posted on 04/10/2014 12:44:42 PM PDT by battlecry
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To: battlecry

NASA just clearing the skies for a future fleet of Islamic satellites.

3 posted on 04/10/2014 12:52:21 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Hell send up their technology - rugs.

4 posted on 04/10/2014 1:59:07 PM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall end.")
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