Archive for date: February 12, 2009

IRIDIUM 33 + COSMOS 2251 = BOOM

February 12, 2009 | Amateur Satellite, Amateur Science, Mad Science, Math, Space | By: Mark VandeWettering

It was reported that an Iridium satellite and an “non-functional Russian satellite” collided yesterday. I was curious, so I did a bit of digging, and found out that NASA had reported that it was Iridium 33 and COSMOS-2251. A bit more work uncovered orbital elements for both objects, so I was able to plug in […]

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