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PostSubject: Satellite collision   Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:46 pm

A Russian satellite or satellite debris has collided with a low-Earth orbiting commercial Iridium communications satellite on the 10th February, 2009.
The cloud of wreckage may pose a hazard to other satellites in similar orbits; however the international space station is outside the danger zone and is not at risk.
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PostSubject: Re: Satellite collision   Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:34 pm

The Kosmos 2251 communications relay satellite was launched on the 16th June 1993.


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TLE Data
Code:

KOSMOS 2251
1 22675U 93036A  09041.75659016 -.00000010  00000-0  60222-5 0  7421
2 22675 074.0357 017.1729 0016015 095.9865 264.3113 14.31135598817592
Period: 100.62
Incl.: 74.04
Apogee: 799
Perigee: 776
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PostSubject: Re: Satellite collision   Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:34 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Satellite collision   Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:01 pm

Update:
The 900-kilogram Kosmos 2251 satellite collided with the 560-kilogram Iridium 33 satellite at 16:56 GMT, 10th February, over Siberia, roughly 72.44 N, 98.00 E.


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PostSubject: Re: Satellite collision   Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:27 am



A commercial Iridium communications satellite (IRIDIUM 33) and a
defunct Russian satellite (KOSMOS 2251) ran into each other on February
10, 2009 above Northern Siberia, creating a cloud of debris. The impact
occurred at 16:56:00 UTC, at Latitude 72° 30' 04'', Longitude 97° 52'
46'', Altitude 788.68 km. Both satellites were flying at that time with
6.8 km/sec or 24480 km/h.
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PostSubject: Re: Satellite collision   Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:39 pm

TLE Data
Code:
KOSMOS 2251
1 22675U 93036A  09046.57671294 -.00000423  00000-0 -14747-3 0  7505
2 22675 074.0409 008.3600 0024852 150.1244 210.1323 14.32043593818286
Code:
IRIDIUM 33
1 24946U 97051C  09046.58122683 -.00000085  00000-0 -38626-4 0  4888
2 24946 086.3891 119.2523 0010452 072.7746 287.4630 14.32466698598168
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