Menu
US, Russian satellites collide

US, Russian satellites collide

An US commercial Iridium satellite and decomissioned Russian satellite both appear to have been destoyed after an unprecedented collision in space.

A commercial Iridium communications satellite and decommissioned Russian satellite both appear to have been destroyed after an unprecedented collision in space, Iridium said Wednesday.

The collision took place on Tuesday and was verified by U.S. government organizations that track satellites and other orbits, said Iridium, which is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Iridium network, which offers satellite telephone and data service to governments, corporations, media and other groups worldwide, is made up of 66 satellites orbiting approximately 800 kilometers above the Earth's surface. This low-earth orbit means the satellites orbit the globe continuously and so, if enough are put into space, all parts of the planet can be covered with service at all times.

In contrast, typical communication satellites like those used for TV broadcasting orbit at 36,000 kilometers so they appear at the same spot in the sky when viewed from earth. This means reception systems can be simple because dish antennas don't have to move, but such satellites have trouble covering higher northern and lower southern parts of the globe.

The in-orbit collision will mean brief service outages for some customers over the next few day,s but Iridium said it expects to have the issue largely resolved by Friday. Within a month, the company expects to have one of a number of in-orbit spare satellites moved into position to replace the one that was lost.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the leading customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments