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    Watch this space... I guess

    Remember the movie Gravity...? Sandra Bullock and George Clooney floating about.

    I read a news item today that reminded me of the movie.

    Warning issued over possible 2.8 tonne space junk collision | Stuff.co.nz

    A case of watch this space i guess. 2020 huh?

    Edit: Just looking through LeoLabs website and found this. A 3D visualisation of space traffic...

    Low Earth Orbit Visualization | LeoLabs
    Last edited by windsock; 15th October 2020 at 04:45 AM. Reason: Added visualisation link

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    Last night when this was posted the miss distance was estimated to be less than 25m and probability of collision at 1%-20%.

    This morning on Twitter, LeoLabs modelling is now showing a miss distance of approx 12m (+18m/-12m) and a probability of collision of greater than 10%. Could come to nothing but interesting to see how all that stuff up there is monitored.

    https://twitter.com/LeoLabs_Space/st...10784075972609

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    ...and they missed...

    Latest modelling this morning was a miss distance of 25m +/- 18m (1 standard deviation distance). Given the size and dimensions of these things and that the centre of mass was the reference point, it was quite possibly a close one.

    https://twitter.com/LeoLabs_Space/st...19600160903168

    LeoLabs indicates no collision of Soviet satellite and Chinese rocket stage - NASASpaceFlight.com

    Until next time...

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